Measure of Men

Measure of Men (HM1A9D)

Location: Bryson City, NC 28713 Swain County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 35.295', W 83° 24.329'

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The high, rounded mountain in front of you is Clingmans Dome (6,643 feet elevation), the highest mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest in Tennessee, and the third highest in the eastern United States. It bears the name of Thomas Lanier Clingman, explorer, politician, promoter, and Civil War general, who measured mountains here in the mid-1800s.

Clingman, and scientists Arnold Guyot, Samuel Buckley, and John Le Conte, measured mountains using barometers considered crude by today's standards. They used the instruments to measure atmospheric pressure at the mountain summits. Later they would compare the measurement to pressure readings taken by colleagues at the exact same point in time from known lowland elevations.

Using complicated mathematical formulas, considering air temperature, humidity, latitude, and other variables, the scientists calculated a mountain's elevation. As you explore the park you might notice that the highest peaks bear these names—Clingmans Dome (6,643 feet), Mount Guyot (6,621 feet), and Mount Le Conte (6,593 feet).

Charles A. Webb
This overlook is named for Charles A. Webb, editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times in the early 1930s. Webb's strong and influential voice helped lead the fight to establish Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Top Six Eastern Peaks
All located in North Carolina and Tennessee

· Mt. Mitchell—6,684 feet (2037 m)
· Mt. Craig—6,647 ft (2026 m)
· Clingmans Dome*—6,643 ft (2025 m)
· Mt. Guyot*—6,621 ft (2018 m)
· Balsam Cone—6,611 ft (2015 m)
· Mt. Le Conte*—6,593 ft (2010 m)

(New Hampshire's Mt. Washington, at 6,288 feet (1917 m), is the 17th highest peak in the East)
HM NumberHM1A9D
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 9:37am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] ROADRUNNERSUSA  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 282057 N 3940944
Decimal Degrees35.58825000, -83.40548333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 35.295', W 83° 24.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 35' 17.70" N, 83° 24' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)828
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1079L Unnamed Road, Bryson City NC 28713, US
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