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Introduction ...

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

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 Elk Valley, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Elk Valley and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Elk Valley 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 Elk Valley. 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 Elk Valley.

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 Campbell County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Campbell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Elk Valley is near Scott County and also Whitley County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Scott County

Sighting report for Whitley 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 Elk Valley.

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

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

  • Jacksboro [Map], which is the Seat of Campbell County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Elk Valley to Jacksboro, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 142 miles [228.5 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 427 miles [687.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 17 days and walking would take 25 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,306 miles [10,148.5 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 7,019 miles [11,296 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,895 miles [7,877.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Elk Valley ...

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.

Bowl (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West of Elk Valley   [Map]

Buckeye   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Coal Mine (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hickey   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Ivydell   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pine Mountain (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Pioneer   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rocky Ford   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Royal Blue   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Stinking Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Terry Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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 Elk Valley. 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.

Patricia Neal     (Born as Patsy Louise Neal)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Packard (Kentucky) on Wednesday January 20, 1926 and died in Edgartown (Massachusetts) on Sunday August 8, 2010 at an age of 84.

Packard [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast of Elk Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patricia Neal<7>

Communities Also Named Elk Valley ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Elk Valley.

While the name Elk Valley is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Tennessee

Nebraska

Dakota County

Our profile page for Elk Valley, Dakota County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

North Carolina

Avery County

Our profile page for Elk Valley, Avery County   [Map]

Distance: About 131 miles [210.8 km] to the East.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Tennessee

About Campbell County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Campbell County: www.co.campbell.tn.us/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elk Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elk Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4837, Longitude: -84.2458     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elk Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Elk Valley 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 312.25 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.06 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.529 degrees.

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<7>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.

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<8>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 Elk Valley 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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