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Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Posted by graywacke on May 15, 2009

First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan – First a word about my sketchy landing schedule.  A Landing A Day?  Ha!!  Well, first there was Eleuthera, and then work got a little crazy, and then Willow goes and has her third daughter.  (To the “I don’t know Greg” crowd, Willow is my daughter). Mother and my new granddaughter “Elle” (to be known as “Ellie”) are doing fine, although Elle’s a teeny thing, currently weighing something less than 6 lbs.

On to landing . . .

So, I landed in a marginal USer (which is now a PSer). One of the results of such a landing is that my Score didn’t go down very much (down only 0.3, when usually it goes down 0.6 or 0.7 for a more straight-ahead USer). Regardless, it’s a new record low Score, and I’m knocking on the door of 160 . . . TN; 24/24; 6/10; 5; 160.4.

I didn’t land near any town; I actually landed right in the town of Tellico Plains. Here’s a very close-in map, showing that I landed near the interestion of Loomis St. and Spence St.


Here’s a broader view:


A new river, the Tellico; on to the Little Tennessee (4th hit); on to the Tennessee (31st hit); on to the Ohio (105th hit).  Here’s a scenic picture of the beautiful Tellico:


From Wiki on Tellico Plains:

Tellico Plains occupies the former site of the Cherokee town of Great Tellico, which was one of the more important towns of the Overhill Cherokee during the 18th century. Two important roads met at Great Tellico, the Trading Path and the Warrior Path.

Nearby Coker Creek was the site of a minor gold rush during the late 1800s. The small crossroads (conveniently named “Coker Creek”) is still the site of a gold-panning tourist attraction. Visitors can rent pans and receive professional instructions from the proprietor of the souvenir shop. Visitors can also explore the old gold mines in the surrounding hills in the hopes of findng a nugget with some of the famous yellow ore, although the mines are in a state of disrepair.

Gold mining still exists on at least one private plot located slightly to the southwest of the tourist attraction.

There is a very complete town website from which I took most of the following. Click here to visit the site.

Here’s a picture of strip mining near Tellico Plains back in 1940. Wow. I’m glad there are a few more environmental regulations regarding strip mine reclamation!  I can’t believe the houses.  No pesky trees to block the beautiful view of land laid waste . . .

1940 strip mining 50 sq mi

Here’s a funny picture of a mail box at a Tellico Plains cemetery:


And this nice shot of a farm swing outside of town:


Here’s a shot of the road heading down into Tellico Plains:

heading into Tellico Plains

And here’s a series of scenery shots:

Bald River falls





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