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Forty Forks, Tennessee

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The location of Forty Forks

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Forty Forks 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 Forty Forks. 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 Forty Forks.

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

The McNairy County sighting report from eBird.

Since Forty Forks is near Chester County and also Hardeman County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Chester County

Sighting report for Hardeman 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 Forty Forks.

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

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

  • Selmer [Map], which is the Seat of McNairy County, lies just to the South.
  • Nashville [Map], which is the State Capital of Tennessee, lies 117 miles [188.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Forty Forks 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 682 miles [1,097.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,538 miles [10,521.9 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 7,259 miles [11,682.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,134 miles [8,262.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Forty Forks ...

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.

Beauty Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Forty Forks   [Map]

Finger   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Good Hope   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hickory Corners   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hickory Flats   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Leapwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Oak Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Rose Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sweet Lips   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [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 Forty Forks. 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.

John Lewis Dodge, Jr.

Major League Baseball. He was born in Bolivar (Tennessee) on Saturday April 27, 1889 and died in Mobile (Alabama) on Monday June 19, 1916 at an age of 27. He was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery (Jefferson County, Kentucky) [Map].

Bolivar [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Forty Forks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Lewis Dodge, Jr.<7>

Gene Evans     (Born as Eugene Barton Evans)

Actor. He was born in Holbrook (Arizona) on Tueday July 11, 1922 and died in Jackson (Tennessee) on Wednesday April 1, 1998 at an age of 75. He was buried at Highland Memorial Gardens (Madison County, Tennessee) [Map].

Jackson [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Forty Forks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gene Evans

Ellis Kinder

Major League Baseball. He was born in Atkins (Arkansas) on Sunday July 26, 1914 and died in Jackson (Tennessee) on Wednesday October 16, 1968 at an age of 54. He was buried at Highland Memorial Gardens (Madison County, Tennessee) [Map].

Jackson [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Forty Forks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ellis Kinder

Etheridge Knight

Poet. He was born in Corinth (Mississippi) on Sunday April 19, 1931 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Sunday March 10, 1991 at an age of 59. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Corinth [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Forty Forks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Etheridge Knight

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 43 miles [69.2 km] to the northwest of Forty Forks

Jackson [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Forty Forks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hammie Nixon

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Tennessee

About McNairy County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Forty Forks. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Forty Forks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forty Forks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2937, Longitude: -88.5823     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forty Forks 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 Forty Forks 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 314.875 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.917 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.658 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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