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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Redding [Map], which is the Seat of Shasta County, lies 55 miles [88.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gomez to Redding, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 169 miles [272 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,332 miles [3,753 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 91 days and walking would take 133 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,187 miles [11,566.4 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 7,953 miles [12,799.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,021 miles [9,689.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gomez ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Gomez.

While the name Gomez is unique within California, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Martin County

Our profile page for Gomez, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,526 miles [4,065.2 km] to the East


Elliott County

Our profile page for Gomez, Elliott County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,043 miles [3,287.9 km] to the East


Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Gomez, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,676 miles [2,697.3 km] to the East Southeast

Reeves County

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

Terry County

Our profile page for Gomez, Terry County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,181 miles [1,900.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Calhoun County

Our profile page for Gomez, Calhoun County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 2,129 miles [3,426.3 km] to the East

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gomez ...

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.

Bieber   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the East of Gomez   [Map]
Dana   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Day   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Dixie   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]
Fall River Mills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Four Corners   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glenburn   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hat Creek   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Hatchet Mountain (Historic)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Little Valley   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
White Horse   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

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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 Gomez. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gomez) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gomez. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0360, Longitude: -121.5164     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gomez 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 Gomez 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 339.76 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.787 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.568 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 Gomez 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>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 Gomez, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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