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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Oroville [Map], which is the Seat of Butte County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Gridley to Oroville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 55 miles [88.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,367 miles [3,809.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 93 days and walking would take 135 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,298 miles [11,745 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 8,065 miles [12,979.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,124 miles [9,855.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gridley ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Gridley.

While the name Gridley is unique within California, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California

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Van Buren County

Our profile page for Gridley, Van Buren County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,606 miles [2,584.6 km] to the East


McLean County

Our profile page for Gridley, McLean County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,727 miles [2,779.3 km] to the East Northeast


Madison County

Our profile page for Gridley, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,901 miles [3,059.4 km] to the East Northeast


Emmet County

Our profile page for Gridley, Emmet County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,426 miles [2,294.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Coffey County

Our profile page for Gridley, Coffey County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,388 miles [2,233.8 km] to the East

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Schoolcraft County

Our profile page for Gridley, Schoolcraft County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Schoolcraft County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Jasper County

Our profile page for Gridley, Jasper County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,883 miles [3,030.4 km] to the East

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DeKalb County

Our profile page for Gridley, DeKalb County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,453 miles [2,338.4 km] to the East

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gridley ...

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.

Burts Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Gridley   [Map]
Dean Place   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
French Crossing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Lava Beds (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Live Oak   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Lorraine (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Mendoza (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Robinsons Corner   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Sunset   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Vista Robles   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [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 Gridley. 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.

Russell 'Lucky' Hayden     (Born as Hayden Michael 'Pate' Lucid)
  Actor. He was born in Chico (California) on Wednesday June 12, 1912 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Tueday June 9, 1931 at an age of 19.

Chico [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Gridley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Russell 'Lucky' Hayden<9>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gridley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3631, Longitude: -121.6987     [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 Gridley 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 339.759 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.70 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.713 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Gridley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Gridley 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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<9>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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