Breaks, Virginia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Breaks, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Breaks
Breaks
Breaks, Virginia is located in Virginia
Breaks, Virginia
Breaks, Virginia
Breaks, Virginia is located in the US
Breaks, Virginia
Breaks, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°17′45″N 82°16′52″W / 37.29583°N 82.28111°W / 37.29583; -82.28111Coordinates: 37°17′45″N 82°16′52″W / 37.29583°N 82.28111°W / 37.29583; -82.28111
Country United States
State Virginia
County Dickenson
Elevation 1,476 ft (450 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1494190[1]

Breaks is a small unincorporated community in Dickenson County, Virginia, United States.[1] Breaks is located very close to the Kentucky border and is east of Breaks Interstate Park. Breaks gets its name in reference to the "break" in Pine Mountain, a mountain range that spans along the Kentucky-Virginia border and ends near the community of Breaks.[2]

It was in Breaks that U.S. Senator George Allen called S. R. Sidarth, a volunteer for the Jim Webb campaign and an Indian American, a macaca. This started a controversy that gained national attention.

Attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Breaks
  2. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 16.