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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Gibsonville 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 Gibsonville to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Downieville [Map], which is the Seat of Sierra County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Gibsonville to Downieville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,320 miles [3,733.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 91 days and walking would take 132 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,259 miles [11,682.2 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 8,026 miles [12,916.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,079 miles [9,783.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gibsonville ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Gibsonville.

While the name Gibsonville is unique within California, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Clay County

Our profile page for Gibsonville, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,988 miles [3,199.4 km] to the East

New York

Livingston County

Our profile page for Gibsonville, Livingston County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Livingston County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

North Carolina

Alamance County

Our profile page for Gibsonville, Alamance County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,247 miles [3,616.2 km] to the East


Hocking County

Our profile page for Gibsonville, Hocking County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Hocking County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Russell County

Our profile page for Gibsonville, Russell County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Russell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gibsonville ...

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.

Deadwood (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Gibsonville   [Map]
English Bar (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Eureka (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Grass Flat   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Howland Flat (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Little Grass Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mount Pleasant   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Poverty Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Queen City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Scales (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Squirrel Creek (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gibsonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7402, Longitude: -120.9088     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gibsonville 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 Gibsonville 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 339.135 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 339.974 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.219 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Gibsonville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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