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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, Almanacs & Directories 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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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gonzales ...

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.

Creekside   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest of Gonzales   [Map]
Dean   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Greenfield   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harlem   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jamesburg   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Natividad   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pinnacles   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Spreckels   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spreckels Junction   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sycamore Flat   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Vineyard (Historic)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [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 Gonzales. 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.

Ansel Adams     (Ansel Easton Adams)
  Photographer. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday February 20, 1902 and died in Monterey (California) on Sunday April 22, 1984 at an age of 82.

Monterey [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Gonzales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ansel Adams<8>
Charles 'Chas' Crocker
  Railroad tycoon, industrialist. He was born in Troy (New York) on Monday September 16, 1822 and died in Monterey (California) on Tueday August 14, 1888 at an age of 65. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

Monterey [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Gonzales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles 'Chas' Crocker
John Denver     (Born as Henry John Detschendorf, Jr.)
  Singer, musician, songwriter, actor, environmentalist, humanitarian. He was born in Roswell (New Mexico) on Friday December 31, 1943 and died in Pacific Grove (California) on Sunday October 12, 1997 at an age of 53.

Pacific Grove [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Gonzales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Denver
Joan Fontaine     (Born as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland)
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Tokyo (Japan) [Map] on Monday October 22, 1917 and died in Carmel-by-the-Sea (California) on Sunday December 15, 2013 at an age of 96.

Carmel-by-the-Sea [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Gonzales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joan Fontaine
Jenna McMahon     (Born as Mary Virginia Skinner)
  Actress, writer, producer. She was born in Kansas City (Missouri) on Sunday May 14, 1933 and died in Monterey (California) on Monday March 2, 2015 at an age of 81.

Monterey [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Gonzales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jenna McMahon
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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Gonzales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Steinbeck

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Monterey County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gonzales:

The official website for Monterey County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Gonzales. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gonzales) 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 Gonzales. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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 angle) to Jerusalem is 339.237 degrees.

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

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<6>The calculated bearing (or 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 (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 Gonzales 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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