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The location of Smyth Crossing









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smyth Crossing 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 Smyth Crossing. 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 Smyth Crossing.

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 Uvalde County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Uvalde County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smyth Crossing is near Zavala County and also Kinney County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Zavala County

Sighting report for Kinney 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Smyth Crossing.

How Far From Smyth Crossing to ...

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

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

  • Uvalde [Map], which is the Seat of Uvalde County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 151 miles [243 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Smyth Crossing to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,466 miles [2,359.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 58 days and walking would take 84 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,295 miles [11,740.2 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 8,028 miles [12,919.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,906 miles [9,504.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smyth Crossing ...

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.

Bushy Creek   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the South of Smyth Crossing   [Map]

Crystal City   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Darling   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the West   [Map]

First Crossing   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Long Crossing   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Popeye Lake   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the South   [Map]

River Spur   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Second Crossing   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Third Crossing   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Trio   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northeast   [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 Smyth Crossing. 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.

Dale Evans     (Born as Frances Octavia Smith)

Actress, singer, author. She was born in Uvalde (Texas) on Thursday October 31, 1912 and died in Apple Valley (California) on Wednesday February 7, 2001 at an age of 88. She was buried at Sunset Hills Memorial Park (San Bernardino County, California) [Map].

Uvalde [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Smyth Crossing

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dale Evans<7>

Matthew McConaughey     (Matthew David McConaughey)

Oscar winning actor, director, producer, writer. He was born in Uvalde (Texas) on Tueday November 4, 1969

Uvalde [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Smyth Crossing

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Texas Community

About Uvalde County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Uvalde County: www.uvaldecounty.com/

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyth Crossing. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.1205, Longitude: -99.8873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyth Crossing 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 Smyth Crossing 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 321.468 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.835 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.329 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: findagrave.com.

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