A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Elkins, Tennessee
(Hickman County)

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The location of Elkins

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Elkins 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 Elkins. 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 Elkins.

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

The Hickman County sighting report from eBird.

Since Elkins is near Dickson County and also Humphreys County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Dickson County

Sighting report for Humphreys 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

The website, centered on Elkins.

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

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

  • Centerville [Map], which is the Seat of Hickman County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 45 miles [72.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Elkins to Nashville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 610 miles [981.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,469 miles [10,410.8 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 7,188 miles [11,568 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,063 miles [8,148.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Elkins ...

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.

Bond   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast of Elkins   [Map]

Buffalo   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Centerville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Crossroads   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Fogg (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Graham   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Graytown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Littlelot   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Salt Lick   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Spot   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sunrise   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Swan Bluff   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [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 Elkins. 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.

William Russell 'Russ' Craft

Professional football. He was born in McEwen (Tennessee) on Wednesday October 15, 1919 and died in Wellsburg (West Virginia) on Monday January 12, 2009 at an age of 89. He was buried at Franklin Cemetery (Brooke County, West Virginia) [Map].

McEwen [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Elkins

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Russell 'Russ' Craft<7>

Meriwether Lewis

Explorer, 2nd Governor of Louisiana. He was born in Ivy (Virginia) on Thursday August 18, 1774 and died in Hohenwald (Tennessee) on Wednesday October 11, 1809 at an age of 35. He was buried at Pioneer Cemetery (Lewis County, Tennessee) [Map].

Hohenwald [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Elkins

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Meriwether Lewis

Communities Also Named Elkins ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Elkins.

Within Tennessee, there are 2 communities which are also named Elkins. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 8 communities in the United States - with 10 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Tennessee

Communities outside of Tennessee

Other Communities Located In Tennessee

Cannon County

Our profile page for Elkins, Cannon County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 82 miles [132 km] to the East.

Franklin County

Our profile page for Elkins, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 85 miles [136.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Communities Outside of Tennessee


Mississippi County

Our profile page for Elkins, Mississippi County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Elkins, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the West.


Caddo Parish

Our profile page for Elkins, Caddo Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 433 miles [696.8 km] to the West Southwest.

New Hampshire

Merrimack County

Our profile page for Elkins, Merrimack County   [Map]

Distance: About 976 miles [1,570.7 km] to the Northeast.

New Mexico

Chaves County

Our profile page for Elkins, Chaves County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 950 miles [1,528.9 km] to the West.

Colfax County

Our profile page for Elkins, Colfax County

This community is historic.

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


Fairfax County

Our profile page for Elkins, Fairfax County

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

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

West Virginia

Randolph County

Our profile page for Elkins, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Hickman County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hickman County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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- Elkins) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elkins. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8226, Longitude: -87.4803     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elkins 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 Elkins 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 314.216 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.229 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.069 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:

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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 Elkins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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 Elkins 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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