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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Colusa [Map], which is the Seat of Colusa County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Grimes to Colusa, 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 40 miles [64.4 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 just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,382 miles [3,833.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 93 days and walking would take 136 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,321 miles [11,782 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 8,087 miles [13,014.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,146 miles [9,891 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Grimes ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Grimes.

While the name Grimes is unique within California, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California

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Dale County

Our profile page for Grimes, Dale County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,110 miles [3,395.7 km] to the East

Tuscaloosa County

Our profile page for Grimes, Tuscaloosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,954 miles [3,144.7 km] to the East


Harris County

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


Polk County

Our profile page for Grimes, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,482 miles [2,385 km] to the East Northeast

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East Carroll Parish

Our profile page for Grimes, East Carroll Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 1,765 miles [2,840.5 km] to the East

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Washington County

Our profile page for Grimes, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,333 miles [3,754.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Rowan County

Our profile page for Grimes, Rowan County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 2,263 miles [3,641.9 km] to the East

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Adams County

Our profile page for Grimes, Adams County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,050 miles [3,299.2 km] to the East

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Roger Mills County

Our profile page for Grimes, Roger Mills County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,238 miles [1,992.4 km] to the East

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Nolan County

Our profile page for Grimes, Nolan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,295 miles [2,084.1 km] to the East Southeast

Tyler County

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

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Frederick County

Our profile page for Grimes, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,319 miles [3,732.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Grimes ...

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.

College City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Grimes   [Map]
Everglade   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Grand Island   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Joesphine   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Lira   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Meridian   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Moons Ferry   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Prize (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Progress   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grimes. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0744, Longitude: -121.8938     [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 Grimes 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 339.894 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.847 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.837 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Grimes 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>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 Grimes, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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