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Grays Crossing, California

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Markleeville [Map], which is the Seat of Alpine County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Grays Crossing to Markleeville, 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 98 miles [157.7 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,274 miles [3,659.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 89 days and walking would take 130 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,309 miles [11,762.7 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 8,077 miles [12,998.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,109 miles [9,831.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Grays Crossing ...

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

Communities Outside of California


Houston County

Our profile page for Grays Crossing, Houston County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,746 miles [2,809.9 km] to the East

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Grays Crossing. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grays Crossing) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grays Crossing. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5919, Longitude: -119.6568     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grays Crossing 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 Grays Crossing 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 337.977 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 338.524 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 326.472 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grays Crossing.