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Gonzales, California

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Salinas [Map], which is the Seat of Monterey County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gonzales to Salinas, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 143 miles [230.1 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,407 miles [3,873.7 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 7,478 miles [12,034.7 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 8,246 miles [13,270.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,283 miles [10,111.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gonzales ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Gonzales.

While the name Gonzales is unique within California, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Escambia County

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

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Gonzales, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,335 miles [3,757.8 km] to the East


Ascension Parish

Our profile page for Gonzales, Ascension Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 1,804 miles [2,903.3 km] to the East

New Mexico

McKinley County

Our profile page for Gonzales, McKinley County   [Map]
Distance: About 736 miles [1,184.5 km] to the East

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Cameron County

Our profile page for Gonzales, Cameron County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,566 miles [2,520.2 km] to the East Southeast

Gonzales County

Our profile page for Gonzales, Gonzales County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,466 miles [2,359.3 km] to the East Southeast

Uvalde County

Our profile page for Gonzales, Uvalde County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,348 miles [2,169.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Gonzales. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gonzales) 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 Gonzales. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gonzales

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gonzales. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5089, Longitude: -121.4420     [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 Gonzales 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 339.237 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 339.926 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 327.56 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gonzales.