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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Martinez [Map], which is the Seat of Contra Costa County, lies just to the East.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 58 miles [93.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could walk a straight line from Hercules to Sacramento, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,421 miles [3,896.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 5 days, a buggy would take 95 days and walking would take 138 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,397 miles [11,904.3 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 8,163 miles [13,137.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,220 miles [10,010.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Hercules ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Hercules.

While the name Hercules is unique within California, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of California

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Alberta

Our profile page for Hercules   [Map]
Distance: About 1,146 miles [1,844.3 km] to the North Northeast

Delaware

New Castle County

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

Florida

Duval County

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

Missouri

Jasper County

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

Taney County

Our profile page for Hercules, Taney County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,609 miles [2,589.4 km] to the East

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Nevada

Churchill County

Our profile page for Hercules, Churchill County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Churchill County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Pennsylvania

Northampton County

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

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Tennessee

Knox County

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

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Virginia

Southampton County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Hercules ...

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.

Christie   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Hercules   [Map]
Crockett   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Giant   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Glencove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Nitro   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Rodeo   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Rollingwood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Triangle Court   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [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 Hercules. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Hercules

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ansel Adams<9>
 
Ernest 'Ernie' Adams     (Born as Ernest Stephen Dumarais)
  Actor. 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.

San Francisco [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Hercules

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernest '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 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Hercules

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Hercules

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Hercules

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buzz Arlett
 
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 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Hercules

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Hercules

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Hercules

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Martin Culp
 
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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the south of Hercules

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 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Hercules

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Curley Fletcher
 
MC Hammer     (Born as Stanley Kirk Burrell)
  Musician, dancer, producer. He was born in Oakland (California) on Friday March 30, 1962

Oakland [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Hercules
 
Tom Hanks     (Thomas Jeffrey Hanks)
  Oscar winning actor, filmmaker. He was born in Concord (California) on Monday July 9, 1956

Concord [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Hercules
 
Warren Harding     (Warren Gamaliel Harding)
  29th President of the US (1921 - 1923). He was born in Blooming Grove (Ohio) on Thursday November 2, 1865 and died in San Francisco (California) on Thursday August 2, 1923 at an age of 57. He was buried at Harding Memorial Park (Marion County, Ohio) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Hercules

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Warren Harding

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hercules: www.ci.hercules.ca.us/

The official website for Contra Costa County: www.co.contra-costa.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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Hercules. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hercules) 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 Hercules. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hercules

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hercules. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0123, Longitude: -122.2828     [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 Hercules 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 340.113 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.059 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.082 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 Hercules 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 Hercules, 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: findagrave.com.

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