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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Smithers:
    • 38.176940, -81.304830
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Smithers
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Smithers ...

We have found one communities that share the name Smithers.

Within West Virginia, the name Smithers is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, there is another community also named Smithers in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • British Columbia
      • This Smithers lies 2,406 miles [3,872.1 km]<1> to the northwest of the Smithers that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smithers

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smithers ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Alloy [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alloy
    • Alloy [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Smithers
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alloy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alloy
  • Boomer [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boomer
    • Boomer [Fayette County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Smithers
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boomer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boomer
  • Carbondale [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carbondale
    • Carbondale [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Smithers
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carbondale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carbondale
  • Crescent [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent
    • Crescent [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Smithers
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crescent have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent
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    • Deep Water [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deep Water
      • Deep Water [Fayette County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deep Water have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deep Water
    • Eagle [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle
      • Eagle [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle
    • Falls View [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls View
      • Falls View [Fayette County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Smithers
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls View
    • Gallagher [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gallagher
      • Gallagher [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gallagher have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gallagher
    • Glen Ferris [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Ferris
      • Glen Ferris [Fayette County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Ferris have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Ferris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glen Ferris<3>
    • Hollygrove [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollygrove
      • Hollygrove [Kanawha County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Smithers
      • Hollygrove has also been known as:
      • Hollygrove Station
      • Hudnall
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollygrove
    • London [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for London
      • London [Kanawha County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for London have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on London
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for London<3>
    • Longacre [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longacre
      • Longacre [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Longacre have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longacre
    • Standard [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Standard
      • Standard [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Smithers
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Standard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Standard

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 Smithers. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Conchata Galen Ferrell     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Loudendale (West Virginia) on Sunday March 28, 1943 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Monday October 12, 2020 at the age of 77. She is buried at Forest Cemetery (Pickaway County, Ohio).
      • Loudendale is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Smithers.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Conchata Galen Ferrell<4>
    • Joseph Gilliam     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Friday December 29, 1950 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Monday December 25, 2000 at the age of 50. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee).
      • Charleston is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Smithers.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph Gilliam<4>
    • Allison Hayes     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at the age of 46.
      • Charleston is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Smithers.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<4>
    • Pattie Ruffner Jacobs     (Social reformer)
      • Social reformer. She was born in Malden (West Virginia) on Saturday October 2, 1875 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday December 22, 1935 at the age of 60. She is buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama).
      • Malden is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Smithers.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pattie Ruffner Jacobs<4>
    • Joe Stydahar     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Kaylor (Pennsylvania) on Sunday March 17, 1912 and died in Beckley (West Virginia) on Wednesday March 23, 1977 at the age of 65. He is buried at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery (Harrison County, West Virginia).
      • Beckley is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithers.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<4>

How Far From Smithers 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 city such as Smithers to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Smithers and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Fayetteville, which is the Seat of Fayette County and lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smithers to Fayetteville, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest (NW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 235 miles [378.2 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,108 miles [9,829.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,820 miles [10,975.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,696 miles [7,557.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.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- Smithers) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Smithers. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SmithersOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithers. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1769, Longitude: -81.3048       In this case, the coordinates for Smithers have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Smithers to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.466 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.265 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.778 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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