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Laguna Seca, California

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Laguna Seca to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Laguna Seca to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Laguna Seca and extending to:

  • Salinas [Map], which is the Seat of Monterey County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Laguna Seca to Salinas, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 139 miles [223.7 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,424 miles [3,901 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 7,481 miles [12,039.5 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 8,248 miles [13,273.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,289 miles [10,121.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Laguna Seca ...

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

Communities Outside of California


Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Laguna Seca, Hidalgo County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,547 miles [2,489.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Laguna Seca ...

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.

Cannery Row   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Laguna Seca   [Map]

Carmel-by-the-Sea   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Creekside   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

James Meadows   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Marina   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Quail Meadows   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sand City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Seaside   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Spreckels   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [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 Laguna Seca. 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.

Monterey [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Laguna Seca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ansel Adams<7>

Charles 'Chas' Crocker

Railroad tycoon, industrialist. He was born in Troy (New York) on Monday September 16, 1822 and died in Monterey (California) on Tueday August 14, 1888 at an age of 65. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

Monterey [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Laguna Seca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles 'Chas' Crocker

John Denver     (Born as Henry John Detschendorf, Jr.)

Singer, musician, songwriter, actor, environmentalist, humanitarian. He was born in Roswell (New Mexico) on Friday December 31, 1943 and died in Pacific Grove (California) on Sunday October 12, 1997 at an age of 53.

Pacific Grove [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Laguna Seca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Denver

Joan Fontaine     (Born as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Tokyo (Japan) [Map] on Monday October 22, 1917 and died in Carmel-by-the-Sea (California) on Sunday December 15, 2013 at an age of 96.

Carmel-by-the-Sea [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the west of Laguna Seca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joan Fontaine

Jenna McMahon     (Born as Mary Virginia Skinner)

Actress, writer, producer. She was born in Kansas City (Missouri) on Sunday May 14, 1933 and died in Monterey (California) on Monday March 2, 2015 at an age of 81.

Monterey [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Laguna Seca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jenna McMahon

John Steinbeck

Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in Salinas (California) on Thursday February 27, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Friday December 20, 1968 at an age of 66.

Salinas [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast of Laguna Seca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Steinbeck

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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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Laguna Seca) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Laguna Seca. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5736, Longitude: -121.7830     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Laguna Seca 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 Laguna Seca 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 339.532 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.287 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.768 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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