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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Riverside [Map], which is the Seat of Riverside County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 387 miles [622.8 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could drive a straight line from Henshaw to Sacramento, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 22 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 16 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,252 miles [3,624.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 88 days and walking would take 128 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,552 miles [12,153.8 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 8,321 miles [13,391.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,303 miles [10,143.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Henshaw ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Henshaw.

While the name Henshaw is unique within California, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Taylor County

Our profile page for Henshaw, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,319 miles [2,122.7 km] to the East Northeast


Wallace County

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


Union County

Our profile page for Henshaw, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,658 miles [2,668.3 km] to the East Northeast


Greene County

Our profile page for Henshaw, Greene County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,957 miles [3,149.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Henshaw ...

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.

Belltown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Henshaw   [Map]
Casa Blanca   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Champagne   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Creekside   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Grand Terrace   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Highgrove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Kaiser   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
May   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Riverside Junction   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Sunnyslope   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [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 Henshaw. 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.

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Henshaw

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andy Devine<9>
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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Henshaw
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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Henshaw

Los Angeles [Map] is located 44 miles [70.8 km] to the west of Henshaw

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Henshaw

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Hoerner
Noble Johnson     (Noble Mark Johnson)
  Actor. He was born in Marshall (Missouri) on Monday April 18, 1881 and died in Yucaipa (California) on Monday January 9, 1978 at an age of 96.

Yucaipa [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Henshaw
Richard M. Nixon     (Richard Milhous Nixon)
  37th President of the US (1969 - 1974, resigned from office). He was born in Yorba Linda (California) on Thursday January 9, 1913 and died in New York (New York) on Friday April 22, 1994 at an age of 81.

Yorba Linda [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Henshaw

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard M. Nixon
Woody Strode     (Born as Woodrow Wilson Woolwine Strode)
  Actor, professional football. He was born in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday July 25, 1914 and died in Glendora (California) on Saturday December 31, 1994 at an age of 80. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Los Angeles [Map] is located 44 miles [70.8 km] to the west of Henshaw

Glendora [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Henshaw

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Woody Strode

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Henshaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0022, Longitude: -117.4634     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Henshaw 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 Henshaw 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 335.587 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.345 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 325.181 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Henshaw 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>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 Henshaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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:

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