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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smoot to Lewisburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 61 miles [98.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 208 miles [334.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,094 miles [9,807.3 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 6,804 miles [10,950 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,680 miles [7,531.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smoot ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Smoot.

While the name Smoot is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Texas

Travis County

Our profile page for Smoot, Travis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,102 miles [1,773.5 km] to the West Southwest

Utah

Utah County

Our profile page for Smoot, Utah County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Utah County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Wyoming

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Smoot, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,618 miles [2,603.9 km] to the West Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smoot ...

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.

Blue Sulphur Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of Smoot   [Map]
Crag   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Dennis   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Farmdale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Grassy Meadows   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hickory Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Lawn   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadow Bluff   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Rock Cliff   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smoot. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8787, Longitude: -80.6590     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smoot 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 Smoot 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 310.084 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.785 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.601 degrees.

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<7>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 Smoot 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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