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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 Glenlaurel, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Glenlaurel 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 Glenlaurel:
    • 35.835954, -82.112895
    • 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 Glenlaurel
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Glenlaurel ...

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.

  • Blue Rock [Yancey County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Rock
    • Blue Rock [Yancey County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Glenlaurel
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Rock
  • Cattail Creek Community [Yancey County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cattail Creek Community
    • Cattail Creek Community [Yancey County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Glenlaurel
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cattail Creek Community have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cattail Creek Community
  • Grassy Creek [Mitchell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grassy Creek
    • Grassy Creek [Mitchell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Glenlaurel
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grassy Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grassy Creek
  • Ledger [Mitchell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ledger
    • Ledger [Mitchell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Glenlaurel
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ledger have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ledger
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    • Little Switzerland [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Switzerland
      • Little Switzerland [McDowell County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Glenlaurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little Switzerland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Switzerland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Little Switzerland<3>
    • Normanville [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Normanville
      • Normanville [Mitchell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Glenlaurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Normanville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Normanville
    • Spruce Pine [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spruce Pine
      • Spruce Pine [Mitchell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Glenlaurel
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,126 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spruce Pine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spruce Pine<3>
    • Strawberry Ridge [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry Ridge
      • Strawberry Ridge [Mitchell County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Glenlaurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strawberry Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strawberry Ridge
    • Toms Creek [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toms Creek
      • Toms Creek [McDowell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Glenlaurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Toms Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toms Creek
    • Wing [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wing
      • Wing [Mitchell County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Glenlaurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wing
    • Woodlawn [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodlawn
      • Woodlawn [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Glenlaurel
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodlawn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodlawn

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 Glenlaurel. 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.

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    • Harry Anderson     (Actor, comedian, magician)
      • Actor, comedian, magician. He was born in Newport (Rhode Island) on Tueday October 14, 1952 and died in Asheville (North Carolina) on Monday April 16, 2018 at the age of 65. The body was cremated.
      • Asheville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Glenlaurel.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Anderson<4>
    • Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald     (Author, artist)
    • George Guy Gray     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Oakland (California) on Monday October 30, 1893 and died in Asheville (North Carolina) on Friday September 8, 1967 at the age of 73. He is buried at Oakwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Asheville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Glenlaurel.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Guy Gray<4>
    • Wade Mainer     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Weaverville (North Carolina) on Sunday April 21, 1907 and died in Flint (Michigan) on Monday September 12, 2011 at the age of 104. He is buried at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery (Genesee County, Michigan).
      • Weaverville is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Glenlaurel.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wade Mainer<4>
    • Rex Lloyd Nelon     (Singer)
      • Singer. He was born in Asheville (North Carolina) on Tueday January 19, 1932 and died in London (England) on Sunday January 23, 2000 at the age of 68. He is buried at Georgia Memorial Park (Cobb County, Georgia).
      • Asheville is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Glenlaurel.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rex Lloyd Nelon<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Marion, which is the Seat of McDowell County and lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Glenlaurel to Marion, with an average speed<5> 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.
    • Raleigh, which is the State Capital of North Carolina, lies 194 miles [312.2 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 349 miles [561.7 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 20 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,247 miles [10,053.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,952 miles [11,188.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,829 miles [7,771.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in North Carolina

About McDowell County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Glenlaurel) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Glenlaurel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8360, Longitude: -82.1129       In this case, the coordinates for Glenlaurel 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 Glenlaurel 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 310.965 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.494 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.83 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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