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Highcroft, California

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Santa Rosa [Map], which is the Seat of Sonoma County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Highcroft to Santa Rosa, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 78 miles [125.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,447 miles [3,938.1 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 7,377 miles [11,872.1 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 8,143 miles [13,104.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,210 miles [9,994 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Highcroft ...

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.

Forestville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Highcroft   [Map]
Freestone   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Grant   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hacienda   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hollydale   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Hopyard (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hurlbut   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jenner   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Noel Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Vacation Beach   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Highcroft. 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Highcroft

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Highcroft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Burr
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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Highcroft

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].

Santa Rosa [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Highcroft

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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Highcroft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Schulz

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highcroft. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5019, Longitude: -122.9436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highcroft 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 Highcroft 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 340.722 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.814 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.491 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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