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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Auburn [Map], which is the Seat of Placer County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Granite Bay to Auburn, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,349 miles [3,780.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 5 days, a buggy would take 92 days and walking would take 134 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,328 miles [11,793.3 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 8,095 miles [13,027.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,144 miles [9,887.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Granite Bay ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Granite Bay.

While the name Granite Bay is unique within California, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of California

British Columbia

Our profile page for Granite Bay   [Map]
Distance: About 817 miles [1,314.8 km] to the North Northwest


New Haven County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Granite Bay ...

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.

Crown Village   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Granite Bay   [Map]
El Dorado Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Equestrian Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lakeshore   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Marina Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mormon Island (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Oak Tree Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Orangevale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Roseville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Salmon Falls (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Stonegate Village   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Summit Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Winterhaven Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [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 Granite Bay. 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.

Wally Albright     (Born as Walton Algernon Albright, Jr.)
  Actor. He was born in Burbank (California) on Thursday September 3, 1925 and died in Sacramento (California) on Saturday August 7, 1999 at an age of 73. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Sacramento [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Granite Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wally Albright<8>
Gino Cimoli
  Major League Baseball. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday December 12, 1929 and died in Roseville (California) on Saturday February 12, 2011 at an age of 81. He was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery (Sonoma County, California) [Map].

Roseville [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Granite Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gino Cimoli
Charles Bruce Edwards
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Quincy (Illinois) on Sunday July 15, 1923 and died in Sacramento (California) on Friday April 25, 1975 at an age of 51. He was buried at Sacramento Memorial Lawn Cemetery (Sacramento County, California) [Map].

Sacramento [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Granite Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Bruce Edwards
Brie Larson     (Born as Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers)
  Oscar winning actress, filmmaker, musician. She was born in Sacramento (California) on Sunday October 1, 1989

Sacramento [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Granite Bay

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Granite Bay. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Granite Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7589, Longitude: -121.1641     [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 Granite Bay 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 339.251 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.06 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.39 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Granite Bay 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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