Smith River (Virginia)

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Evening view, Smith River, Henry County, Virginia

The Smith River is a river in the U.S. states of Virginia and North Carolina. It is a tributary of the Dan River, which it joins at Eden, North Carolina. According to the United States Geological Survey, variant names are Irvin River, Irvine River, and Smiths River.[1]

The name, Irvin comes from Alexander Irwin, an early surveyor of the area.[2]

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  1. ^ "Smith River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2006-05-12. 
  2. ^ Clement, Maude Carter (2004) [1929]. "Chapter II: Natural Conditions". The History of Pittsylvania County Virginia. Santa Maria, California: Janaway Publishing, Inc. p. 26. ISBN 9780974195797. The next two rivers were named Irwin and Mayo in honor of the two surveyors, Alexander Irwin and William Mayo.