Burnsville in Yancey County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Rev. Elisha Mitchell, D.D.
Location. 35° 45.893′ N, 82° 15.906′ W. Marker is in Burnsville, North Carolina, in Yancey County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 128. Marker is located at the base of the observation tower. Marker is a short, but strenuous walk from the parking area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville NC 28714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elisha Mitchell (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Carolina Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni (about 600 feet away); Andrews Geyser (approx. 8 miles away); a different marker also named Andrews Geyser Swannanoa Gap Engagement (approx. 9.9 miles away); Swannanoa Tunnel (approx. 9.9 miles away); Swannanoa Gap (approx. 10 miles away); Stoneman's Raid (approx. 10 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a replacement marker, placed in September 1928. The original marker was attached to a zinc obelisk in August 1888. That obelisk was destroyed by high winds on January 1, 1915. The original marker is on display in the museum on site.
Regarding Rev. Elisha Mitchell, D.D.. The following is an excerpt from the web site http://docsouth.unc.edu/browse/bios/pn0001194_bio.html (see links below).
Mitchell is best known for his measurement of the Black Mountain in the Blue Ridge and his claim that one of its peaks was the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. He first noted in 1828, in the diary he kept while working on the geological survey, that he believed the Black Mountain to be the highest peak in the area. In 1835 and again in 1838 he measured the mountain, showing the highest peak to be higher than Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains. In 1844 he returned with improved instruments and measured the highest peak at 6,708 feet, 250 feet higher than Mount Washington. By that time local people were referring to the peak as Mount Mitchell. However, Mitchell's claim was challenged in 1855, when Senator Thomas Clingman, arguing that Mitchell had measured the wrong peak, insisted that
Elisha Mitchell was buried first in Asheville on 10 July 1857. The following year arrangements were made for reburial on top of Mount Mitchell, and on 16 June 1858, with formal ceremonies and addresses by the Right Reverend Bishop James H. Otey of Tennessee and President David L. Swain, Mitchell's remains were buried on the peak. Today his grave is marked by a memorial plaque and observation tower, and the surrounding area has been established as a state park.
Also see . . .
1. Elisha Mitchell, 19 Aug. 1793-27 June 1857. (Submitted on September 4, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina.)
2. History of Mount Mitchell State Park. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,300 times since then and 100 times this year. Last updated on November 28, 2018, by Alex Mitchell McCord of Jackson, Mississippi. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 4, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.