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The location of Elgin









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

When in Elgin, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Elgin and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Elgin and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track 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 the location for Elgin. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Elgin.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Scott County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Scott County sighting report from eBird.

Since Elgin is near Morgan County and also Fentress County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Morgan County

Sighting report for Fentress County

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:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Elgin.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Elgin and extending to:

  • Huntsville [Map], which is the Seat of Scott County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 121 miles [194.7 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Elgin to Nashville, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 450 miles [724.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 26 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,328 miles [10,183.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,042 miles [11,333 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,917 miles [7,913.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Elgin ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Burrville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West of Elgin   [Map]

Coal Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Goad   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Huntsville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lone Mountain   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mount Helen   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mountain View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Pilot Mountain   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Robbins   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Rugby   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Slick Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Speck   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sunbright   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Three Forks   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Communities Also Named Elgin ...

We have found 38 communities that share the name Elgin.

While the name Elgin is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 38 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Tennessee

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Alabama

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Elgin, Lauderdale County   [Map]

Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the West Southwest.

Tuscaloosa County

Our profile page for Elgin, Tuscaloosa County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Tuscaloosa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Arizona

Pima County

Our profile page for Elgin, Pima County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Pima County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Santa Cruz County

Our profile page for Elgin, Santa Cruz County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,513 miles [2,434.9 km] to the West.

Arkansas

Jackson County

Our profile page for Elgin, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 375 miles [603.5 km] to the West.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]

Distance: About 2,100 miles [3,379.6 km] to the Northwest.

Georgia

Butts County

Our profile page for Elgin, Butts County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the South.

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Elgin, Bingham County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Bingham County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Illinois

Kane County

Our profile page for Elgin, Kane County   [Map]

Distance: About 440 miles [708.1 km] to the North Northwest.

Iowa

Fayette County

Our profile page for Elgin, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 590 miles [949.5 km] to the Northwest.

Kansas

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Elgin, Chautauqua County   [Map]

Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the West.

Sedgwick County

Our profile page for Elgin, Sedgwick County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Sedgwick County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Manitoba

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]

Distance: About 1,197 miles [1,926.4 km] to the Northwest.

Michigan

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Elgin, Ottawa County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Ottawa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Minnesota

Wabasha County

Our profile page for Elgin, Wabasha County   [Map]

Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the Northwest.

Missouri

Shelby County

Our profile page for Elgin, Shelby County   [Map]

Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the Northwest.

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Elgin, Sullivan County

Although located in Sullivan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Montana

Carter County

Our profile page for Elgin, Carter County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,214 miles [1,953.7 km] to the Northwest.

Nebraska

Antelope County

Our profile page for Elgin, Antelope County   [Map]

Distance: About 818 miles [1,316.4 km] to the West Northwest.

Nevada

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Elgin, Lincoln County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,648 miles [2,652.2 km] to the West Northwest.

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]

Distance: About 1,202 miles [1,934.4 km] to the Northeast.

New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Elgin, Cattaraugus County   [Map]

Distance: About 530 miles [853 km] to the Northeast.

North Dakota

Grant County

Our profile page for Elgin, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,127 miles [1,813.7 km] to the Northwest.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]

Distance: About 1,300 miles [2,092.1 km] to the Northeast.

Ohio

Van Wert County

Our profile page for Elgin, Van Wert County   [Map]

Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the North.

Oklahoma

Comanche County

Our profile page for Elgin, Comanche County   [Map]

Distance: About 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the West.

Garfield County

Our profile page for Elgin, Garfield County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Garfield County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ontario

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]

Distance: About 720 miles [1,158.7 km] to the North Northeast.

Oregon

Union County

Our profile page for Elgin, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,834 miles [2,951.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Erie County

Our profile page for Elgin, Erie County   [Map]

Distance: About 464 miles [746.7 km] to the North Northeast.

Quebec

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]

Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the Northeast.

South Carolina

Kershaw County

Our profile page for Elgin, Kershaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the Southeast.

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Elgin, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Texas

Bastrop County

Our profile page for Elgin, Bastrop County   [Map]

Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the West Southwest.

Utah

Emery County

Our profile page for Elgin, Emery County

This community is historic.

Although located in Emery County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Grand County

Our profile page for Elgin, Grand County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,403 miles [2,257.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Virginia

Shenandoah County

Our profile page for Elgin, Shenandoah County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Shenandoah County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Washington

Pierce County

Our profile page for Elgin, Pierce County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Pierce County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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About Scott County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scott County: www.scottcounty.com/

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elgin) 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 Elgin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elgin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elgin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.3323, Longitude: -84.6082     [Map].

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Elgin to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 312.467 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.288 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.722 degrees.

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<7>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Elgin 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.

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<8>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 Elgin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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