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Whitaker, Tennessee

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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Whitaker

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 Whitaker. 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 Whitaker.

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

Sighting report for Bedford County

Since Whitaker is near Marshall County and also Lincoln County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marshall County

Sighting report for Lincoln County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Whitaker ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Branchville   -   4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the South of Whitaker   [Map]

Clay Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Halls Mill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Hickory Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Holly Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Laws Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Needmore   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Pleasant Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rich Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Temple Ford   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Tucker Ford   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Wheel   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Whitaker. 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.

Artist. She was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Monday July 22, 1878 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Saturday February 4, 1956 at the age of 77. She was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Whitaker

Huntsville [Map] is located 49 miles [78.9 km] to the south of Whitaker

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Bradshaw Clopton<2>

Professional football. He was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Sunday October 19, 1947 and died in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Saturday October 20, 2007 at the age of 60. He was buried at Westview Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia) [Map].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Whitaker

Shelbyville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Whitaker

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Robert 'Jim' Mitchell

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Henagar (Alabama) on Thursday July 7, 1927 and died in Wartrace (Tennessee) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at the age of 83. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Wartrace [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Whitaker

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlie Louvin

Professional football. He was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Sunday October 19, 1947 and died in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Saturday October 20, 2007 at the age of 60. He was buried at Westview Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia) [Map].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Whitaker

Shelbyville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Whitaker

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Robert 'Jim' Mitchell

Musician, composer. He was born in Fayetteville (Tennessee) on Tueday April 16, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday August 13, 2003 at the age of 74. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Fayetteville [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Whitaker

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Benjamin Townsend

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Whitaker and extending to:

  • Shelbyville [Map], which is the Seat of Bedford County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Whitaker to Shelbyville, with an average speed<3> 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 49 miles [78.9 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 578 miles [930.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,452 miles [10,383.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,168 miles [11,535.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,043 miles [8,115.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Bedford County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Whitaker. 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 '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- Whitaker) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whitaker. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Whitaker

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitaker. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.4519, Longitude: -86.6262     [Map].
<2>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:
<3>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.
<4>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 Whitaker to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.671 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.55 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.792 degrees.






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