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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Bakersfield [Map], which is the Seat of Kern County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 261 miles [420 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Gosford to Sacramento, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,308 miles [3,714.4 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 7,506 miles [12,079.7 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 8,275 miles [13,317.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,280 miles [10,106.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gosford ...

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

Communities Outside of California


Armstrong County

Our profile page for Gosford, Armstrong County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,166 miles [3,485.8 km] to the East Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gosford ...

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.

Bannister   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of Gosford   [Map]
Fruitvale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenacres   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenfield   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Oil Junction   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Panama   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pumpkin Center   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Quailwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Rosedale (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Strand (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [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 Gosford. 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.

Herbert Lester 'Cousin Herb' Henson
  Musician. He was born in East Saint Louis (Illinois) on Sunday May 17, 1925 and died in Bakersfield (California) on Tueday November 26, 1963 at an age of 38. He was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery (Kern County, California) [Map].

Bakersfield [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast of Gosford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Lester 'Cousin Herb' Henson<7>
Guy Madison     (Born as Robert Ozell Madison)
  Actor. He was born in Pumpkin Center (California) on Thursday January 19, 1922 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Tueday February 6, 1996 at an age of 74.

Pumpkin Center [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast of Gosford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Guy Madison
Lawrence Mervil Tibbett
  Opera, Oscar nominated actor. He was born in Bakersfield (California) on Monday November 16, 1896 and died in New York (New York) on Friday July 15, 1960 at an age of 63. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Bakersfield [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast of Gosford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence Mervil Tibbett
David Lee 'Deacon' Turner
  Professional football. He was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Sunday January 2, 1955 and died in Bakersfield (California) on Sunday July 10, 2011 at an age of 56. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Kern County, California) [Map].

Bakersfield [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast of Gosford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Lee 'Deacon' Turner

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gosford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3108, Longitude: -119.0922     [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 Gosford 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 337.118 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 337.291 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 326.143 degrees.

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<7>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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