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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 & Almanacs 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
 
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
 
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
 
Robert Martin Culp
  Actor, screenwriter, director. He was born in Oakland (California) on Saturday August 16, 1930 and died in Hollywood (California) on Wednesday March 24, 2010 at an age of 79. He was buried at Sunset View Cemetery (Contra Costa County, California) [Map].

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Martin Culp
 
Dominic Paul 'The Little Professor' DiMaggio
  Major League Baseball. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Monday February 12, 1917 and died in Marion (Massachusetts) on Friday May 8, 2009 at an age of 92. He was buried at Newton Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dominic Paul 'The Little Professor' DiMaggio
 
K.C. Douglas
  Musician. He was born in Sharon (Mississippi) on Friday November 21, 1913 and died in Berkeley (California) on Saturday October 18, 1975 at an age of 61. He was buried at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (Madison County, Mississippi) [Map].

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: K.C. Douglas
 
Curley Fletcher     (Born as Carmen William Fletcher)
  Songwriter, poet. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Thursday September 22, 1892 and died in Bishop (California) on Sunday September 5, 1954 at an age of 62. He was buried at West Line Cemetery (Inyo County, California) [Map].

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Curley Fletcher
 
Jesse Fuller
  Musician. He was born in Jonesboro (Georgia) on Thursday March 12, 1896 and died in Oakland (California) on Thursday January 29, 1976 at an age of 79. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jesse Fuller

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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/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Half Moon Bay. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Half Moon Bay) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), 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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