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Forks of the River, Tennessee
(Gibson County)

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The location of Forks of the River

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Forks of the River.

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 Forks of the River, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Forks of the River and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Forks of the River 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 Forks of the River. 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 Forks of the River.

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

The Gibson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Forks of the River is near Dyer County and also Crockett County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Dyer County

Sighting report for Crockett 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 Forks of the River.

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

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

  • Trenton [Map], which is the Seat of Gibson County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Forks of the River to Trenton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 133 miles [214 km] to the East (E). 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 693 miles [1,115.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,526 miles [10,502.6 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 7,250 miles [11,667.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,126 miles [8,249.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Forks of the River ...

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.

Bishop   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West of Forks of the River   [Map]

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

Crockett Mills   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Elizabeth   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Friendship   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Good Hope   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hickory Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Hopewell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Mount Orange   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rock Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Stokes   -   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 Forks of the River. 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.

Walter O. Fuller

Musician. He was born in Dyersburg (Tennessee) on Tueday February 15, 1910 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday April 20, 2003 at an age of 93. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Dyersburg [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Forks of the River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walter O. Fuller<7>

Dr. Cary 'Doc' Middlecoff

Professional golf. He was born in Halls (Tennessee) on Thursday January 6, 1921 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Tueday September 1, 1998 at an age of 77.

Halls [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Forks of the River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. Cary 'Doc' Middlecoff

Hammie Nixon     (Born as Hammie Nickerson)

Musician. He was born in Brownsville (Tennessee) on Tueday January 22, 1907 and died in Jackson (Tennessee) on Friday August 17, 1984 at an age of 77.

Brownsville [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Forks of the River

Jackson [Map] is located 33 miles [53.1 km] to the southeast of Forks of the River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hammie Nixon

James 'Yank' Rachell

Musician. He was born in Brownsville (Tennessee) on Wednesday March 16, 1910 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Wednesday April 9, 1997 at an age of 87. He was buried at New Crown Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Brownsville [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Forks of the River

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James 'Yank' Rachell

Communities Also Named Forks of the River ...

Within Tennessee, there is just one other community named Forks of the River.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Tennessee

About Gibson County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Forks of the River. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Forks of the River) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forks of the River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.0120, Longitude: -89.1590     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forks of the River 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 Forks of the River 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 315.279 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.482 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.756 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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