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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 Rutherfordton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Rutherfordton 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 Rutherfordton:
    • 35.368038, -81.957127
    • 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 Rutherfordton
  • 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 Rutherfordton ...

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.

  • Cuba [Rutherford County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuba
    • Cuba [Rutherford County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Rutherfordton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cuba have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Danieltown [Rutherford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Danieltown
    • Danieltown [Rutherford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Danieltown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Danieltown
  • Forest City [Rutherford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest City
    • Forest City [Rutherford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,138 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forest City<3>
  • Frog Level [Rutherford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frog Level
    • Frog Level [Rutherford County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frog Level have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frog Level
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    • Green Hill [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Hill
      • Green Hill [Rutherford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Hill
    • Holly Springs [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Springs
      • Holly Springs [Rutherford County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Springs
    • Pea Ridge [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pea Ridge
      • Pea Ridge [Polk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pea Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pea Ridge
    • Pinecrest [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinecrest
      • Pinecrest [Rutherford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinecrest have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinecrest
    • Sandy Mush [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Mush
      • Sandy Mush [Rutherford County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Rutherfordton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Mush
    • Thermal Valley [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thermal Valley
      • Thermal Valley [Rutherford County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thermal Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thermal Valley
    • Union [Rutherford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Rutherford County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Rutherfordton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
    • Union Mills [Rutherford County]

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 Rutherfordton. 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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    • Pinkne 'Pink' Anderson     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Laurens (SC) on February 12, 1900 (a Monday) and died in Spartanburg (SC) on October 12, 1974 (a Saturday) at the age of 74.
      • Spartanburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pinkne 'Pink' Anderson<4>
    • Edward Jones Borom     (Major League Baseball)
    • Forrest Harrill 'Smoky' Burgess     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Caroleen (NC) on February 6, 1927 (a Sunday) and died in Rutherfordton on September 15, 1991 (a Sunday) at the age of 64. He is buried at Sunset Memorial Park (Rutherford County, North Carolina).
      • Caroleen is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Forrest Harrill 'Smoky' Burgess<4>
    • Tommy Caldwell     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Spartanburg (SC) on November 9, 1949 (a Wednesday) and died in Spartanburg (SC) on April 28, 1980 (a Monday) at the age of 30. He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens (Spartanburg County, South Carolina).
      • Spartanburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Spartanburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tommy Caldwell<4>
    • Toy T. Caldwell, Jr.     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Spartanburg (SC) on November 13, 1947 (a Thursday) and died in Moore (SC) on February 25, 1993 (a Thursday) at the age of 45. He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens (Spartanburg County, South Carolina).
      • Spartanburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Moore is located 36 miles [57.9 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Toy T. Caldwell, Jr.<4>
    • Art Fowler     (Professional baseball)
      • Professional baseball. He was born in Converse (SC) on July 3, 1922 (a Monday) and died in Spartanburg (SC) on January 29, 2007 (a Monday) at the age of 84. He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens (Spartanburg County, South Carolina).
      • Converse is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Spartanburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Fowler<4>
    • Donald Eugene Gibson     (Songwriter, musician)
      • Songwriter, musician. He was born in Shelby (NC) on April 3, 1928 (a Tueday) and died in Nashville (TN) on November 17, 2003 (a Monday) at the age of 75. He is buried at Sunset Cemetery (Cleveland County, North Carolina).
      • Shelby is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Rutherfordton.
    • Eddie Jackson     (Singer)
    • James R. Packard     (Race car driver)
    • Earl Scruggs     (Musician)
      • Full name: Earl Eugene Scruggs
      • Musician. He was born in Flint Hill (NC) on January 6, 1924 (a Sunday) and died in Nashville (TN) on March 28, 2012 (a Wednesday) at the age of 88. He is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee).
      • Flint Hill is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Scruggs<4>
    • Robert 'Buffalo Bob' Smith     (Actor, TV Host)
      • Born: Robert Emil Schmidt
      • Actor, TV Host. He was born in Buffalo (NY) on November 27, 1917 (a Tueday) and died in Hendersonville (NC) on July 30, 1998 (a Thursday) at the age of 80. The body was cremated.
      • Hendersonville is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert 'Buffalo Bob' Smith<4>
    • Bobby Thompson     (Musician)
      • Full name: Robert Clark Thompson
      • Musician. He was born in Spartanburg (SC) on July 5, 1937 (a Monday) and died in Franklin (TN) on May 18, 2005 (a Wednesday) at the age of 67. He is buried at Willow Grove Cemetery (Trousdale County, Tennessee).
      • Spartanburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Rutherfordton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bobby Thompson<4>

How Far From Rutherfordton to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Rutherfordton to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Raleigh, which is the State Capital of North Carolina, lies 188 miles [302.6 km]<1> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Rutherfordton to Raleigh, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 364 miles [585.8 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take 6 hours, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 21 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,261 miles [10,076.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,964 miles [11,207.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,842 miles [7,792.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for North Carolina

About Rutherford County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Rutherford County: www.rutherfordcountync.gov/

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 '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- Rutherfordton) 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 Rutherfordton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RutherfordtonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rutherfordton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3680, Longitude: -81.9571    
<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 Rutherfordton 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 310.87 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.317 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.902 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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