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Fort Ross, California

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The location of Fort Ross

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Fort Ross to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Fort Ross and extending to:

  • Santa Rosa [Map], which is the Seat of Sonoma County, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Fort Ross to Santa Rosa, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 95 miles [152.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,462 miles [3,962.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 97 days and walking would take 140 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,382 miles [11,880.2 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 8,147 miles [13,111.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,218 miles [10,006.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Fort Ross ...

While the name Fort Ross is unique within California, we know of one more community in Canada.

Communities Outside of California


Our profile page for Fort Ross   [Map]

Distance: About 2,522 miles [4,058.8 km] to the North Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fort Ross ...

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.

German   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest of Fort Ross   [Map]

Goat Rock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Jenner   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Noel Heights   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Salmon Creek   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Seaview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Toners Place   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Truth Home   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Vacation Beach   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Valley Crossing   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [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 Fort Ross. 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.

Luther A. Burbank

Botanist, horticulturist. He was born on Wednesday March 7, 1849 and died in Santa Rosa (California) on Sunday April 11, 1926 at an age of 77.

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Fort Ross

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Luther A. Burbank<7>

Raymond Burr     (Raymond William Stacey Burr)

Actor. He was born in New Westminster (British Columbia) on Monday May 21, 1917 and died in Healdsburg (California) on Sunday September 12, 1993 at an age of 76. He was buried at Fraser Cemetery (British Columbia) [Map].

Healdsburg [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Fort Ross

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Burr

Bob St. Clair

Professional football. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Saturday February 21, 1931 and died in Santa Rosa (California) on Monday April 20, 2015 at an age of 84. He was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery (Sonoma County, California) [Map].

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Fort Ross

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob St. Clair

Charles Schulz     (Charles Monroe Schulz)

Cartoonist. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday November 26, 1922 and died in Santa Rosa (California) on Saturday February 12, 2000 at an age of 77.

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Fort Ross

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Schulz

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fort Ross) 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 Fort Ross. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Ross

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Ross. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5141, Longitude: -123.2436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Ross have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Fort Ross 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 340.977 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 342.121 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.678 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:

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