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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Santa Rosa [Map], which is the Seat of Sonoma County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Hessel to Sacramento, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 4 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,441 miles [3,928.4 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 7,384 miles [11,883.4 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 8,150 miles [13,116.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,214 miles [10,000.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Hessel ...

While the name Hessel is unique within California, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of California


Mackinac County

Our profile page for Hessel, Mackinac County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,011 miles [3,236.4 km] to the East Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Hessel ...

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.

Cherry (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of Hessel   [Map]
Fredericks   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Freestone   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Hopyard (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hurlbut   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Liberty   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Orchard   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Roseland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Stony Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Two Rock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [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 Hessel. 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.

Luther A. Burbank
  Botanist, horticulturist. He was born on Wednesday March 7, 1849 and died in Santa Rosa (California) on Sunday April 11, 1926 at an age of 77.

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Hessel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Luther A. Burbank<7>
Raymond Burr     (Raymond William Stacey Burr)
  Actor. He was born in New Westminster (British Columbia) on Monday May 21, 1917 and died in Healdsburg (California) on Sunday September 12, 1993 at an age of 76. He was buried at Fraser Cemetery (British Columbia) [Map].

Healdsburg [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Hessel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Burr
George Duke
  Musician. He was born in San Rafael (California) on Saturday January 12, 1946 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday August 5, 2013 at an age of 67. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Rafael [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Hessel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Duke
Charles Arnold 'Chick' Gandil
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Thursday January 19, 1888 and died in Calistoga (California) on Sunday December 13, 1970 at an age of 82.

Calistoga [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Hessel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Arnold 'Chick' Gandil
Bob St. Clair
  Professional football. He was born in San Francisco (California) on Saturday February 21, 1931 and died in Santa Rosa (California) on Monday April 20, 2015 at an age of 84. He was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery (Sonoma County, California) [Map].

San Francisco [Map] is located 44 miles [70.8 km] to the southeast of Hessel

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Hessel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob St. Clair
Charles Schulz     (Charles Monroe Schulz)
  Cartoonist. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday November 26, 1922 and died in Santa Rosa (California) on Saturday February 12, 2000 at an age of 77.

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Hessel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Schulz

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hessel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3482, Longitude: -122.7772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hessel 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 Hessel 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 340.566 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.619 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.388 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:

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