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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • San Bernardino [Map], which is the Seat of San Bernardino County, lies 68 miles [109.4 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Harvard to San Bernardino, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 365 miles [587.4 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 6 hours, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 21 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,187 miles [3,519.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 86 days and walking would take 125 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,473 miles [12,026.6 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 8,242 miles [13,264.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,223 miles [10,014.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Harvard ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Harvard.

While the name Harvard is unique within California, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California

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Crittenden County

Our profile page for Harvard, Crittenden County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,490 miles [2,397.9 km] to the East


Gilchrist County

Our profile page for Harvard, Gilchrist County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,995 miles [3,210.6 km] to the East

Marion County

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


Latah County

Our profile page for Harvard, Latah County   [Map]
Distance: About 826 miles [1,329.3 km] to the North

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McHenry County

Our profile page for Harvard, McHenry County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,588 miles [2,555.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Wayne County

Our profile page for Harvard, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,331 miles [2,142 km] to the East Northeast

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Worcester County

Our profile page for Harvard, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,453 miles [3,947.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Kent County

Our profile page for Harvard, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,757 miles [2,827.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Clay County

Our profile page for Harvard, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,083 miles [1,742.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Delaware County

Our profile page for Harvard, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,275 miles [3,661.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Camp County

Our profile page for Harvard, Camp County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,246 miles [2,005.2 km] to the East

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Harvard ...

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.

Basin   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the East of Harvard   [Map]
Echo   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Gale   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Grandview   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Hector   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
King (Historic)   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Mace (Historic)   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Minneola   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Poe (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 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 Harvard. 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.

Jeanne Crain
  Actress. She was born in Barstow (California) on Monday May 25, 1925 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Sunday December 14, 2003 at an age of 78. She was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Barstow [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Harvard

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jeanne Crain<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for California

About San Bernardino County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Harvard. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for San Bernardino County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Harvard. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Harvard) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harvard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9511, Longitude: -116.6648     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harvard 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 Harvard 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 335.066 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.78 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 324.729 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Harvard 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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