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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Half Moon Bay.

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Half Moon Bay 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 Half Moon Bay to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Redwood City [Map], which is the Seat of San Mateo County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Half Moon Bay to Redwood City, 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 92 miles [148.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,440 miles [3,926.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 96 days and walking would take 139 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,435 miles [11,965.5 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 8,202 miles [13,199.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,256 miles [10,068.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Half Moon Bay ...

While the name Half Moon Bay is unique within California, we know of one more community in Canada.


Communities Outside of California

Alberta

Our profile page for Half Moon Bay   [Map]
Distance: About 1,102 miles [1,773.5 km] to the North Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Half Moon Bay ...

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.

Emerald Lake   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East of Half Moon Bay   [Map]
Emerald Lake Hills   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Farm Hills   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Grabtown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Martins Beach   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Rockaway Beach   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Seal Cove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shelter Cove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Woodside   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Woodside Glens   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Woodside Highlands   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Half Moon Bay. 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.

Ansel Adams     (Ansel Easton Adams)
  Photographer. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday February 20, 1902 and died in Monterey (California) on Sunday April 22, 1984 at an age of 82.

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ansel Adams<7>
 
Ernest S. 'Ernie' Adams     (Born as Ernest Stephen Dumarais)
  Actor, writer. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday June 18, 1885 and died in Hollywood (California) on Wednesday November 26, 1947 at an age of 62. He was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernest S. 'Ernie' Adams
 
Gracie Allen     (Gracie Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen)
  Comedian, actress. She was born in San Francisco (California) on Friday July 26, 1895 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 27, 1964 at an age of 69. She was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gracie Allen
 
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson     (Edmund Lincoln Anderson)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Oakland (California) on Monday September 18, 1905 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday February 28, 1977 at an age of 71.

Oakland [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
 
Buzz Arlett     (Born as Russell Loris Arlett)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Tueday January 3, 1899 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday May 16, 1964 at an age of 65. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Oakland [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buzz Arlett
 
Jeanne Bates
  Actress. She was born in Berkeley (California) on Tueday May 21, 1918 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Wednesday November 28, 2007 at an age of 89. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Berkeley [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jeanne Bates
 
Patti Brill
  Actress. She was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday March 8, 1923 and died in North Hollywood (California) on Friday January 18, 1963 at an age of 39. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patti Brill
 
Paul Brinkman
  Actor. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Wednesday April 10, 1918 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Wednesday October 1, 2003 at an age of 85. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Brinkman
 
Glenn Lawrence 'King Kong' Burke
  Professional baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Sunday November 16, 1952 and died in San Leandro (California) on Tueday May 30, 1995 at an age of 42. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

Oakland [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

San Leandro [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glenn Lawrence 'King Kong' Burke
 
Gino Cimoli
  Major League Baseball. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday December 12, 1929 and died in Roseville (California) on Saturday February 12, 2011 at an age of 81. He was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery (Sonoma County, California) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gino Cimoli
 
Herbert A. Collins
  Artist. He was born on Saturday October 21, 1865 and died in Berkeley (California) on Sunday December 5, 1937 at an age of 72. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

Berkeley [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert A. Collins
 
Elisha Cook, Jr.     (Elisha Vanslyck Cook, Jr.)
  Actor. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Saturday December 26, 1903 and died in Big Pine (California) on Thursday May 18, 1995 at an age of 91.

San Francisco [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elisha Cook, Jr.
 
Buster Crabbe     (Born as Clarence Linden Crabbe II)
  Actor, Olympic athlete. He was born in Oakland (California) on Sunday February 2, 1908 and died in Scottsdale (Arizona) on Saturday April 23, 1983 at an age of 75.

Oakland [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Half Moon Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buster Crabbe

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Half Moon Bay: www.half-moon-bay.ca.us/

The official website for San Mateo County: www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Half Moon Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4641, Longitude: -122.4341     [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 Half Moon Bay 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 340.183 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.116 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.173 degrees.

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<7>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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