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Hector, California

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • San Bernardino [Map], which is the Seat of San Bernardino County, lies 68 miles [109.4 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Hector 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 381 miles [613.2 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 22 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,179 miles [3,506.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 86 days and walking would take 124 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,477 miles [12,033.1 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 8,246 miles [13,270.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,224 miles [10,016.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Hector ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Hector.

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

Communities Outside of California

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Bullock County

Our profile page for Hector, Bullock County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,762 miles [2,835.7 km] to the East


Pope County

Our profile page for Hector, Pope County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,323 miles [2,129.2 km] to the East

British Columbia

Our profile page for Hector   [Map]
Distance: About 1,148 miles [1,847.5 km] to the North


Jay County

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

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Greeley County

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

Johnson County

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

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Clay County

Our profile page for Hector, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,830 miles [2,945.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Renville County

Our profile page for Hector, Renville County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,336 miles [2,150.1 km] to the Northeast

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Schuyler County

Our profile page for Hector, Schuyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,178 miles [3,505.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Putnam County

Our profile page for Hector, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,796 miles [2,890.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Potter County

Our profile page for Hector, Potter County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,139 miles [3,442.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Hector ...

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   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast of Hector   [Map]
Gale   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Harvard   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
King (Historic)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Minneola   -   18 miles [29 km] to the West   [Map]
Poe (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Ragtown (Historic)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Zzyzx   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hector. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8039, Longitude: -116.4525     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hector 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 Hector 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 334.872 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.534 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 324.607 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 Hector 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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