From here on out, I (NRK) will post on travels not relating to courthouses using the #ElkhornVale tag.
The term comes from Leaves of Grass, Whitman's famous poem. In context, Whitman was accounting for his one-ness with others of this nation - in his own perhaps overly romantic way. Here is a portion the passage:
I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,Anyway, I hope to provide some interesting content over the next few weeks.
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
Stuff’d with the stuff that is coarse and stuff’d with the stuff
that is fine,
One of the Nation of many nations, the smallest the same
and the largest the same,
A Southerner soon as a Northerner, a planter nonchalant
and hospitable down by the Oconee I live,
A Yankee bound my own way ready for trade, my joints the
limberest joints on earth and the sternest joints on earth,
A Kentuckian walking the vale of the Elkhorn in my deer-skin
leggings, a Louisianian or Georgian,
A boatman over lakes or bays or along coasts, a Hoosier,
Badger, Buckeye . . .
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass.