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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • San Jose [Map], which is the Seat of Santa Clara County, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gilroy to San Jose, 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 108 miles [173.8 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,404 miles [3,868.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 94 days and walking would take 137 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,448 miles [11,986.4 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 8,216 miles [13,222.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,258 miles [10,071.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gilroy ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Gilroy.

While the name Gilroy is unique within California, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Gallatin County

Our profile page for Gilroy, Gallatin County   [Map]
Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the Northeast


Davidson County

Our profile page for Gilroy, Davidson County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,929 miles [3,104.4 km] to the East

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gilroy ...

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.

Aromas   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest of Gilroy   [Map]
Corporal   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Cottage Corners   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Coyote   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Day Valley   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Freedom   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Morse   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Mountain Home   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Murphy Crossing   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [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 Gilroy. 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.

Lloyd Francis Bacon
  Actor, director. He was born in San Jose (California) on Wednesday December 4, 1889 and died in Burbank (California) on Tueday November 15, 1955 at an age of 65. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Jose [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Gilroy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lloyd Francis Bacon<8>
Jerry Coleman     (Born as Gerald Francis Coleman)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in San Jose (California) on Sunday September 14, 1924 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday January 5, 2014 at an age of 89. He was buried at Miramar National Cemetery (San Diego County, California) [Map].

San Jose [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Gilroy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jerry Coleman
Rosana DeSoto
  Actress. She was born in San Jose (California) on Saturday September 2, 1950

San Jose [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Gilroy
Farley Granger     (Farley Earle Granger, Jr.)
  Actor. He was born in San Jose (California) on Wednesday July 1, 1925 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday March 27, 2011 at an age of 85.

San Jose [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Gilroy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Farley Granger
Ernie Lombardi
  Professional baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Monday April 6, 1908 and died in Santa Cruz (California) on Monday September 26, 1977 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

Santa Cruz [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Gilroy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernie Lombardi
John Steinbeck
  Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in Salinas (California) on Thursday February 27, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Friday December 20, 1968 at an age of 66.

Salinas [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Gilroy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Steinbeck
Helen Rodriguez Trias
  Pediatrician, educator, activists. She was born in New York (New York) on Sunday July 7, 1929 and died in Santa Cruz (California) on Thursday December 27, 2001 at an age of 72.

Santa Cruz [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Gilroy

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Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gilroy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.0100, Longitude: -121.5701     [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 Gilroy 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 339.403 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.152 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.642 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Gilroy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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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