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The population of Smithville is approximately 3,550 (1995), 3817 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,554 (1990), 1481 (2010).

The amount of land area in Smithville is 6.729 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.009 sq kilometers.
The distance from Smithville to Washington DC is 1325 miles. The distance to the Texas state capital is 41 miles. (as the crow flies)
Smithville is positioned 30.00 degrees north of the equator and 97.15 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Smithville elevation is 324 feet above sea level.

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Smithville location: about 40 miles east of Austin on State Highway 71

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Climate & Weather

Smithville average annual precipitation is 37.1 inches per year.
Smithville average temperature is 68 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 40 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 96 degrees F.
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Smithville history:

Native Americans inhabited the Central Texas area for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Artifacts found in Bastrop County suggest the area was occupied at least 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. Spanish explorers began probing the area in the 1690's, but the first permanent settlement of the Smithville area was by one Dr. Thomas Gazely in 1827. He was looking for silver, and staked his claim on what is now Gazely Creek, which flows through Smithville on its way to the Colorado River. Frank Smith came about the same time, and the town was ultimately named in his honor (after a coin toss, according to legend).
Smithville grew slowly until the 1880's, when the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railroad arrived. Smithville subsequently became an important regional rail center for the issouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) rail line. After the MKT pulled out in 1957, Smithville slowed down a bit. But that may have helped to preserve much of its charm. Be sure to enjoy the many Victorian homes and turn-of-the-century brick business buildings downtown. (Thanks to the University of Texas for this history information)

For an in-depth history of Smithville, see this history page
The incorporation date of Smithville: 1895

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Smithville attractions:

The 1998 hit movie, Hope Floats, which stars Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr., did some of its filming right here in Smithville.

Buescher State Park
P O Box 75
Smithville TX 78957-0075
Phone: 512/237-2241

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Birthplace of Blues Musician - Sonny Rhodes

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