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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Decatur, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Decatur 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 Decatur:
    • 35.524629, -84.791874
    • 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 Decatur
       
  • 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
       

Communities Also Named Decatur ...

We have found twenty communities that share the name Decatur.

Within Tennessee, the name Decatur is unique.

Beyond Tennessee, we know of another twenty communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...

    • Alabama

      • Morgan County

      • This Decatur is located in Morgan County and lies 139 miles [223.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Morgan County community of Decatur.
    • Arkansas

      • Benton County
      • This Decatur is located in Benton County and lies 543 miles [873.9 km]<1> to the west of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Benton County community of Decatur.
    • Colorado

      • Summit County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Summit County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Summit County community of Decatur.
    • Georgia

      • DeKalb County
      • This Decatur is located in DeKalb County and lies 124 miles [199.6 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the DeKalb County community of Decatur.
    • Illinois

      • Macon County
      • This Decatur is located in Macon County and lies 375 miles [603.5 km]<1> to the northwest of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Macon County community of Decatur.
    • Indiana

      • Adams County
      • This Decatur is located in Adams County and lies 366 miles [589 km]<1> to the north of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Adams County community of Decatur.
    • Iowa

      • Decatur County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Iowa community of Decatur [Decatur County].
    • Kansas

      • Decatur County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Decatur [Decatur County].
    • Kentucky

      • Russell County
      • This Decatur is located in Russell County and lies 111 miles [178.6 km]<1> to the north of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Russell County community of Decatur.
    • Michigan

      • Van Buren County
      • This Decatur is located in Van Buren County and lies 458 miles [737.1 km]<1> to the north of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Van Buren County community of Decatur.
    • Mississippi

      • Newton County
      • This Decatur is located in Newton County and lies 326 miles [524.6 km]<1> to the southwest of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Newton County community of Decatur.
    • Missouri

      • Cape Girardeau County
      • This Decatur is located in Cape Girardeau County and lies 289 miles [465.1 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cape Girardeau County community of Decatur.

      • Cole County
      • This Decatur is located in Cole County and lies 466 miles [750 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cole County community of Decatur.
    • Nebraska

      • Burt County
      • This Decatur is located in Burt County and lies 761 miles [1,224.7 km]<1> to the northwest of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Burt County community of Decatur.
    • New York

      • Otsego County
      • This Decatur is located in Otsego County and lies 728 miles [1,171.6 km]<1> to the northeast of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Otsego County community of Decatur.
    • Ohio

      • Brown County
      • This Decatur is located in Brown County and lies 234 miles [376.6 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Brown County community of Decatur.
    • Pennsylvania

      • Mifflin County
      • This Decatur is located in Mifflin County and lies 534 miles [859.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mifflin County community of Decatur.
    • Texas

      • Wise County
      • This Decatur is located in Wise County and lies 745 miles [1,199 km]<1> to the west of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wise County community of Decatur.
    • Virginia

      • Rockbridge County
      • This Decatur is located in Rockbridge County and lies 342 miles [550.4 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rockbridge County community of Decatur.

      • Stafford County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Decatur [Stafford County].
      • This Decatur was located in Stafford County and would have been 457 miles [735.5 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Decatur that is located in Meigs County.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Decatur

Curious and Interesting Names Near Decatur ...

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.

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    • Cotton Port (Historic)

      • Cotton Port was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Cotton Port
    • Cotton Port Ferry

      • Cotton Port Ferry lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Cotton Port Ferry
    • Cute (Historic)

      • Cute was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Cute
    • Forest Grove

      • Forest Grove lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Forest Grove
    • Idlewild

      • Idlewild [McMinn County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Idlewild
    • Prices Ferry

      • Prices Ferry lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Prices Ferry
    • Rogers Creek

      • Rogers Creek [McMinn County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Rogers Creek
    • Slabtown

      • Slabtown [Rhea County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Slabtown
    • Union Grove

      • Union Grove lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Union Grove
    • Walnut Grove

      • Walnut Grove lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Decatur
      • Link to Google Map centered on Walnut Grove

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 Decatur. 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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    • Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong     (Musician)

      • Musician. He was born in Dayton (Tennessee) on Thursday March 4, 1909 and died in Boston (Massachusetts) on Wednesday July 30, 2003 at the age of 94. He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
      • Dayton is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Decatur.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong<4>
    • David Glenn Douglas     (Professional football)

      • Professional football. He was born in Spring City (Tennessee) on Wednesday March 20, 1963 and died in Maryville (Tennessee) on Saturday February 27, 2016 at the age of 52.
      • Spring City is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Decatur.
      • Maryville is located 48 miles [77.2 km] to the east of Decatur.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Glenn Douglas<4>
    • James Harle 'Jimmy' Johnston     (Major League Baseball)

      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Cleveland (Tennessee) on Tueday December 10, 1889 and died in Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Tueday February 14, 1967 at the age of 77. He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery (Hamilton County, Tennessee).
      • Cleveland is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Decatur.
      • Chattanooga is located 44 miles [70.8 km] to the southwest of Decatur.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Harle 'Jimmy' Johnston<4>
    • Ralph Emerson McGill     (Social activist)

      • Social activist. He was born in Soddy (Tennessee) on Saturday February 5, 1898 and died in Atlanta (Georgia) on Monday February 3, 1969 at the age of 71. He is buried at Westview Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia).
      • Soddy is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Decatur.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ralph Emerson McGill<4>

How Far From Decatur to ...

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

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

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    • Nashville, which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 119 miles [191.5 km]<1> to the west northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Decatur to Nashville, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 5 days.

    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 485 miles [780.5 km]<1> to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 19 days and walking would take 28 days.

    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,373 miles [10,256.3 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>

    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,084 miles [11,400.6 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,960 miles [7,982.3 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Decatur. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Decatur

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decatur. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5246, Longitude: -84.7919     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Decatur have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Decatur, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Decatur 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.
<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 Decatur 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 312.558 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.278 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.009 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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