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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fresno [Map], which is the Seat of Fresno County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 160 miles [257.5 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could drive a straight line from Goldleaf to Sacramento, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,311 miles [3,719.2 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 7,429 miles [11,955.8 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 8,198 miles [13,193.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,219 miles [10,008.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Goldleaf ...

While the name Goldleaf is unique within California, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Mecklenburg County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Goldleaf ...

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.

Butler (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East of Goldleaf   [Map]
Cecile   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Fig Garden   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fort Camp (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fowler   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Lone Star   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Melvin   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Oleander   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Wolf   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Goldleaf. 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.

Jon Hall     (Born as Charles Felix Locher)
  Actor. He was born in Fresno (California) on Tueday February 23, 1915 and died in North Hollywood (California) on Thursday December 13, 1979 at an age of 64. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Fresno [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Goldleaf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jon Hall<8>
Richard Dawson Kiel
  Actor. He was born in Detroit (Michigan) on Sunday August 13, 1939 and died in Fresno (California) on Sunday August 10, 2014 at an age of 75. He was buried at Belmont Memorial Park (Fresno County, California) [Map].

Fresno [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Goldleaf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Dawson Kiel
Dennis Morgan
  Singer. He was born in Prentice (Wisconsin) on Sunday December 20, 1908 and died in Fresno (California) on Wednesday September 7, 1994 at an age of 85. He was buried at Oakhill Cemetery (Madera County, California) [Map].

Fresno [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Goldleaf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Morgan
William Saroyan
  Author, playwright. He was born in Fresno (California) on Thursday August 13, 1908 and died in Fresno (California) on Monday May 18, 1981 at an age of 72. He was buried at Ararat Cemetery (Fresno County, California) [Map].

Fresno [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Goldleaf

Fresno [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Goldleaf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Saroyan
Gus Edward 'Ozark Ike' Zernial
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Beaumont (Texas) on Wednesday June 27, 1923 and died in Clovis (California) on Thursday January 20, 2011 at an age of 87. He was buried at Clovis Cemetery (Fresno County, California) [Map].

Clovis [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the north of Goldleaf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gus Edward 'Ozark Ike' Zernial

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goldleaf. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.7222, Longitude: -119.7179     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Goldleaf 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 Goldleaf 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 337.817 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 338.221 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 326.522 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Goldleaf 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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<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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