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Etter, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Etter 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 Etter. 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 Etter.

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

The Pickett County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Fentress County

Sighting report for Clinton 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 Etter.

How Far From Etter to ...

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

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

  • Byrdstown [Map], which is the Seat of Pickett County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Etter to Nashville, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 468 miles [753.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 19 days and walking would take 27 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,337 miles [10,198.4 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 7,053 miles [11,350.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,928 miles [7,930.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Etter ...

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.

Boom   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Etter   [Map]

Byrdstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Cedar Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Cedar Knob (KY)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Double Top   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Huntersville (KY)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Love Lady   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Moodyville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Red Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Star Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Static (KY)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Sulphur Springs   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Sunset   -   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 Etter. 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.

Lester Flatt     (Lester Raymond Flatt)

Musician. He was born in Duncan's Chapel (Tennessee) on Friday June 19, 1914 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday May 11, 1979 at an age of 64. He was buried at Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery (White County, Tennessee) [Map].

Duncan's Chapel [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Etter

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lester Flatt<7>

Communities Also Named Etter ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Etter.

While the name Etter is unique within Tennessee, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Tennessee


Shasta County

Our profile page for Etter, Shasta County

This community is historic.<8>

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


Dakota County

Our profile page for Etter, Dakota County   [Map]

Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the North Northwest.


Moore County

Our profile page for Etter, Moore County   [Map]

Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the West.


Wythe County

Our profile page for Etter, Wythe County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Tennessee Community

About Pickett County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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 from Point A (ie- Etter) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Etter. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5615, Longitude: -85.0980     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Etter 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 Etter 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 312.771 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.67 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.869 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 Etter, 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 Etter 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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