A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Smyrna, Texas
(Rains County)

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Smyrna.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Smyrna, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Smyrna and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smyrna and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Smyrna. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Smyrna.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Rains County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Rains County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smyrna is near Van Zandt County and also Wood County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Van Zandt County

Sighting report for Wood County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Smyrna.

How Far From Smyrna to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Smyrna to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Smyrna and extending to:

  • Emory [Map], which is the Seat of Rains County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 211 miles [339.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Smyrna to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,128 miles [1,815.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 64 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,944 miles [11,175.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,676 miles [12,353.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,553 miles [8,936.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smyrna ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Flats   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Smyrna   [Map]

Ginger   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Hermits Cove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Point   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Prospect   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Rocky Point Center   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Small   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Willow Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Smyrna. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Lawrence Clifton Elliott

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Greenville (Texas) on Saturday November 16, 1901 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Friday May 15, 1970 at an age of 68. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Greenville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence Clifton Elliott<7>

Jamie Foxx     (Born as Eric Marion Bishop)

Oscar winning actor, singer, songwriter, producer, comedian. He was born in Terrell (Texas) on Wednesday December 13, 1967

Terrell [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Smyrna

Ormer Leslie Locklear

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Greenville (Texas) on Wednesday October 28, 1891 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday August 2, 1920 at an age of 28. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Greenville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ormer Leslie Locklear

Raymond Anderson Morehart

Major League Baseball. He was born in Terrell (Texas) on Saturday December 2, 1899 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Friday January 13, 1989 at an age of 89. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Terrell [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Anderson Morehart

Sissy Spacek     (Mary Elizabeth Spacek)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Quitman (Texas) on Sunday December 25, 1949

Quitman [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Smyrna

Noble Willingham

Actor. He was born in Mineola (Texas) on Monday August 31, 1931 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Saturday January 17, 2004 at an age of 72. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Mineola [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Noble Willingham

Communities Also Named Smyrna ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Smyrna.

Within Texas, there are 3 communities which are also named Smyrna. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 34 communities in the United States - with 37 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Texas

Communities outside of Texas

Other Communities Located In Texas

Cass County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Cass County   [Map]

Distance: About 101 miles [162.5 km] to the East.

Harrison County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 69 miles [111 km] to the East.

Montague County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Montague County   [Map]

Distance: About 118 miles [189.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Communities Outside of Texas

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Houston County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Houston County   [Map]

Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the East.

Randolph County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the East.


Clark County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 165 miles [265.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Howard County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Howard County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 135 miles [217.3 km] to the Northeast.

Pope County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Pope County   [Map]

Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the Northeast.

White County

Our profile page for Smyrna, White County   [Map]

Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the Northeast.


Tulare County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Tulare County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,357 miles [2,183.9 km] to the West Northwest.


Kent County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,209 miles [1,945.7 km] to the East Northeast.


Holmes County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Holmes County   [Map]

Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Cobb County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Cobb County   [Map]

Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the East.

Morgan County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 718 miles [1,155.5 km] to the East.


Decatur County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Decatur County   [Map]

Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the Northeast.

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the Northeast.


Clarke County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Clarke County   [Map]

Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the North.


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 677 miles [1,089.5 km] to the Northeast.


De Soto Parish

Our profile page for Smyrna, De Soto Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 124 miles [199.6 km] to the East Southeast.


Aroostook County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Aroostook County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,726 miles [2,777.7 km] to the Northeast.


Ionia County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Ionia County   [Map]

Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the Northeast.


Attala County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Attala County   [Map]

Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the East.

Copiah County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Copiah County   [Map]

Distance: About 317 miles [510.2 km] to the East.


Nuckolls County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Nuckolls County   [Map]

Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the North Northwest.

New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Chenango County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,292 miles [2,079.3 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Carteret County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Carteret County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,113 miles [1,791.2 km] to the East Northeast.


Harrison County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 952 miles [1,532.1 km] to the Northeast.


Lancaster County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,200 miles [1,931.2 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Newberry County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Newberry County   [Map]

Distance: About 817 miles [1,314.8 km] to the East.

York County

Our profile page for Smyrna, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 838 miles [1,348.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Marshall County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Marshall County   [Map]

Distance: About 553 miles [890 km] to the East Northeast.

Pickett County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Pickett County   [Map]

Distance: About 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Rutherford County   [Map]

Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Warren County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the East Northeast.


Bedford County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Bedford County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

Although located in Bedford County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Grant County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,580 miles [2,542.8 km] to the Northwest.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smyrna. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smyrna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyrna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8490, Longitude: -95.8219     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyrna have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Smyrna to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 319.301 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.745 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.216 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Smyrna, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Smyrna could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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