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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Gypsum once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Gypsum to:

  • Santa Ana [Map], which is the Seat of Orange County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gypsum to Santa Ana, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 387 miles [622.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 16 days and walking would take 22 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,267 miles [3,648.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 89 days and walking would take 129 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,565 miles [12,174.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 8,334 miles [13,412.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,317 miles [10,166.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<7>

Communities Also Named Gypsum ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Gypsum.

While the name Gypsum is unique within California, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of California

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Colorado

Eagle County

Our profile page for Gypsum, Eagle County   [Map]
Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the Northeast

Iowa

Webster County

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

Kansas

Saline County

Our profile page for Gypsum, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,173 miles [1,887.8 km] to the East Northeast

Michigan

Arenac County

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

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New York

Ontario County

Our profile page for Gypsum, Ontario County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,258 miles [3,633.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Gypsum, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,959 miles [3,152.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Hardeman County

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

Hudspeth County

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

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Virginia

Smyth County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Gypsum ...

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.

Boys Republic   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Gypsum   [Map]
Carbondale (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Home Gardens   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Lemon Heights   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Olive   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Pepper Corner   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Placentia   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Sleepy Hollow   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Wanda (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [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 Gypsum. 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.

Jack Anderson     (Jack Northman Anderson)
  Columnist. He was born in Long Beach (California) on Thursday October 19, 1922 and died in Bethesda (Maryland) on Saturday December 17, 2005 at an age of 83.

Long Beach [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Anderson<9>
 
Matthew Michael Ansara
  Actor, bodybuilder. He was born in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday August 29, 1965 and died in Monrovia (California) on Monday June 25, 2001 at an age of 35. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Los Angeles [Map] is located 33 miles [53.1 km] to the west of Gypsum

Monrovia [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Matthew Michael Ansara
 
Jimmy Austin     (James Phillip Austin)
  Professional baseball. He was born in Swansea (Wales) [Map] on Monday December 8, 1879 and died in Laguna Beach (California) on Saturday March 6, 1965 at an age of 85.

Laguna Beach [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jimmy Austin
 
Mari Blanchard
  Actress. She was born in Long Beach (California) on Wednesday April 13, 1927 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Sunday May 10, 1970 at an age of 43.

Long Beach [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mari Blanchard
 
Ollie 'Downtown' Brown     (Ollie Lee Brown)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Tuscaloosa (Alabama) on Friday February 11, 1944 and died in Buena Park (California) on Thursday April 16, 2015 at an age of 71.

Buena Park [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ollie 'Downtown' Brown
 
Nicolas Cage     (Born as Nicholas Kim Coppola)
  Oscar winning actor, director, producer. He was born in Long Beach (California) on Tueday January 7, 1964

Long Beach [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Gypsum
 
Andy Devine     (Andrew Vabre Devine)
  Actor. He was born in Flagstaff (Arizona) on Saturday October 7, 1905 and died in Orange (California) on Friday February 18, 1977 at an age of 71.

Orange [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andy Devine
 
James Gammon     (James Richard Gammon)
  Actor. He was born in Newman (Illinois) on Saturday April 20, 1940 and died in Costa Mesa (California) on Friday July 16, 2010 at an age of 70.

Costa Mesa [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Gammon
 
Gene Hackman     (Eugene Allen Hackman)
  Oscar winning actor, novelist. He was born in San Bernardino (California) on Thursday January 30, 1930

San Bernardino [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Gypsum
 
Edith Head     (Born as Edith Claire Posener)
  Oscar winning designer. She was born in San Bernardino (California) on Thursday October 28, 1897 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday October 24, 1981 at an age of 84.

San Bernardino [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Gypsum

Los Angeles [Map] is located 33 miles [53.1 km] to the west of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edith Head
 
Dick Hoerner     (Born as Lester Junior Hoerner)
  Professional football. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1922 and died in Fullerton (California) on Saturday December 11, 2010 at an age of 88. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Fullerton [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Hoerner
 
Curly Howard     (Born as Jerome Lester Horwitz)
  Actor, comedian. He was born in Bath Beach (New York) on Thursday October 22, 1903 and died in San Gabriel (California) on Friday January 18, 1952 at an age of 48.

San Gabriel [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Curly Howard
 
William Dean 'Bill' Jessup
  Professional football. He was born in Wray (Colorado) on Sunday March 17, 1929 and died in Westminster (California) on Saturday January 3, 2015 at an age of 85. He was buried at Westminster Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Westminster [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Gypsum

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Dean 'Bill' Jessup

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Gypsum, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Gypsum. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gypsum) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gypsum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8772, Longitude: -117.6928     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gypsum have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Gypsum to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 335.758 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.545 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 325.311 degrees.

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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 Gypsum 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: findagrave.com.

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