Cavanal Hill

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Cavanal Mountain
Cavanal Hill, OK.jpg
Cavanal Hill viewed from the southeast side
Elevation 2,385 ft (727 m)[1]
Prominence 1,775 ft (541 m)
Location
Cavanal Mountain is located in Oklahoma
Cavanal Mountain
Cavanal Mountain
Le Flore County, Oklahoma, U.S.
Range Ouachita Mountains
Coordinates 35°04′15″N 94°40′46″W / 35.070931°N 94.679393°W / 35.070931; -94.679393Coordinates: 35°04′15″N 94°40′46″W / 35.070931°N 94.679393°W / 35.070931; -94.679393[2]
Topo map USGS Cavanal Mountain

Cavanal Hill (officially Cavanal Mountain), located near Poteau, Oklahoma, is billed by a local chamber of commerce as the tallest hill in the world at 1,999 feet (609 m).[3] The actual summit elevation is 2,385 feet (727 m) above sea level;[2] the difference in elevation between the summit and the Poteau River 3 miles (5 km) to the north is 1,960 feet (600 m).[4]

The billing is based on the delineation between a hill and a mountain, that being if the geographical feature were 2,000 feet or higher than its base, then it would be classified as a mountain instead of a hill.[5]

The name is derived from a French word meaning "cave"[6]

History[edit]

The area of Cavanal Hill was once an old mining town called Witteville. This was absorbed by Poteau since the Great Depression. Cavanal Hill has a main road that leads to the top. There, you can see a large view of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Poteau, and the Ouachita Mountains.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cavanal Mountain". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Cavanal Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Cavanal Hill". Poteau Chamber of Commerce (Poteau, OK). Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Poteau West 7.5 minute quadrangle
  5. ^ However, the Geographic Names Information System lists hundreds of summits with "Hill" in their name which are higher than 2,000 feet.
  6. ^ [1] TravelOK.com Website. Retrieved September 19, 2012.

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