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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Altadena.

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Altadena to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Altadena to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Altadena to:

  • Los Angeles [Map], which is the Seat of Los Angeles County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Altadena to Los Angeles, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 355 miles [571.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 21 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,283 miles [3,674.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 90 days and walking would take 130 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,556 miles [12,160.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 8,324 miles [13,396.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,314 miles [10,161.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Altadena ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cypress Park   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest of Altadena   [Map]
Eagle Rock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Happy Valley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hidden Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Highway Highlands   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Lincoln Heights   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mayflower Village   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Raymond Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Rose Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Singing Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Stoneman   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Temple City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Altadena. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Philip Abbott     (Born as Philip Abbott Alexander)
  Actor. He was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday March 20, 1924 and died in Tarzana (California) on Monday February 23, 1998 at an age of 73. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Tarzana [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Philip Abbott<7>
 
Eddie Albert     (Born as Edward Albert Heimberger)
  Actor, singer, activist. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Sunday April 22, 1906 and died in Pacific Palisades (California) on Thursday May 26, 2005 at an age of 99.

Pacific Palisades [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Altadena
 
Horace Albright     (Horace Marden Albright)
  Conservationist. He was born in Bishop (California) on Monday January 6, 1890 and died in Van Nuys (California) on Saturday March 28, 1987 at an age of 97. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Van Nuys [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Horace Albright
 
Bridgette Andersen     (Marriah Bridget Andersen)
  Actress. She was born in Inglewood (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday May 18, 1997 at an age of 21.

Inglewood [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Altadena

Hollywood [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bridgette Andersen
 
Jack Anderson     (Jack Northman Anderson)
  Columnist. He was born in Long Beach (California) on Thursday October 19, 1922 and died in Bethesda (Maryland) on Saturday December 17, 2005 at an age of 83.

Long Beach [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Anderson
 
James Arness     (Born as James King Aurness)
  Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday May 26, 1923 and died in Brentwood (California) on Friday June 3, 2011 at an age of 88. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Brentwood [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Arness
 
Lionel Barrymore     (Born as Lionel Herbert Blythe)
  Oscar winning actor, director, artist. He was born in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Sunday April 28, 1878 and died in Van Nuys (California) on Monday November 15, 1954 at an age of 76.

Van Nuys [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lionel Barrymore
 
Madge Blake     (Born as Madge Cummings)
  Actress. She was born in Kinsley (Kansas) on Wednesday May 31, 1899 and died in Pasadena (California) on Wednesday February 19, 1969 at an age of 69. She was buried at Grand View Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Pasadena [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the south of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Madge Blake
 
Mari Blanchard
  Actress. She was born in Long Beach (California) on Wednesday April 13, 1927 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Sunday May 10, 1970 at an age of 43.

Long Beach [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Altadena

Woodland Hills [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mari Blanchard
 
Lynn Borden     (Born as Lynn Freyes)
  Actress. She was born in Detroit (Michigan) on Wednesday March 24, 1937 and died in Encino (California) on Tueday March 3, 2015 at an age of 78.

Encino [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lynn Borden
 
Clara Bow     (Clara Gordon Bow)
  Actress. She was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Saturday July 29, 1905 and died in Culver City (California) on Monday September 27, 1965 at an age of 60. She was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Culver City [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clara Bow
 
Marlon Brando
  Oscar winning actor, director, activist. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 3, 1924 and died in Westwood (California) on Thursday July 1, 2004 at an age of 80.

Westwood [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marlon Brando
 
Edward Brophy     (Edward Santree Brophy)
  Actor, comedian. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday February 27, 1895 and died in Pacific Palisades (California) on Sunday March 27, 1960 at an age of 65.

Pacific Palisades [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Altadena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Brophy

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Altadena. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Los Angeles County: www.lacounty.info/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Altadena. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Altadena) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Altadena. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Altadena

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altadena. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1902, Longitude: -118.1313     [Map].

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Altadena to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 336.166 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 336.063 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 325.568 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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