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Gum, California

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Santa Barbara [Map], which is the Seat of Santa Barbara County, lies 57 miles [91.7 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Gum to Santa Barbara, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 258 miles [415.2 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,393 miles [3,851.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 94 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 7,562 miles [12,169.9 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 8,330 miles [13,405.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,347 miles [10,214.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gum ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Gum.

While the name Gum is unique within California, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Rapides Parish

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


Rutherford County

Our profile page for Gum, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,917 miles [3,085.1 km] to the East


Wise County

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


Southampton County

Our profile page for Gum, Southampton County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,415 miles [3,886.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gum ...

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.

Bragur   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of Gum   [Map]
Fairoaks   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Grover Beach   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Guadalupe   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Halcyon   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Jesus Maria   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Oaks   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Rosemary   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [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 Gum. 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.

Kathie Brown     (Jacqueline Katherine Browne)
  Actress, producer. She was born in San Luis Obispo (California) on Friday September 19, 1930 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Tueday April 8, 2003 at an age of 72. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Luis Obispo [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Gum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kathie Brown<8>
Jean Laverty     (Born as Gladys Louise Laverty)
  Actress. She was born in Blue Lake (California) on Sunday April 3, 1904 and died in Pismo Beach (California) on Friday September 28, 1973 at an age of 69. She was buried at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park (San Luis Obispo County, California) [Map].

Pismo Beach [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Gum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jean Laverty

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Santa Barbara County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gum. 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 Gum. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gum) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9200, Longitude: -120.5216     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gum 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 Gum 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 338.264 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 338.66 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 326.984 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 Gum 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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