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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Sunol to ...

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

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

  • Oakland [Map], which is the Seat of Alameda County, lies 25 miles [40.2 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sunol to Oakland, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Sacramento [Map], which is the State Capital of California, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,409 miles [3,876.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 95 days and walking would take 137 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,417 miles [11,936.5 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 8,184 miles [13,170.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,233 miles [10,031 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunol ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Sunol.

While the name Sunol is unique within California, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of California

Kentucky

Woodford County

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

Nebraska

Cheyenne County

Our profile page for Sunol, Cheyenne County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,047 miles [1,685 km] to the East Northeast

Pennsylvania

Mercer County

Our profile page for Sunol, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,217 miles [3,567.9 km] to the East Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunol ...

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.

Carpenter   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West of Sunol   [Map]
Drawbridge (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dublin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Elliot (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Farwell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Hall Station   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Laddville (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Livermore   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mallard (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Snoboy   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Union City   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Sunol. 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.

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson<8>
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buzz Arlett
 
Jerry Coleman     (Born as Gerald Francis Coleman)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in San Jose (California) on Sunday September 14, 1924 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday January 5, 2014 at an age of 89. He was buried at Miramar National Cemetery (San Diego County, California) [Map].

San Jose [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jerry Coleman
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Martin Culp
 
Rosana DeSoto
  Actress. She was born in San Jose (California) on Saturday September 2, 1950

San Jose [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Sunol
 
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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: K.C. Douglas
 
Farley Granger     (Farley Earle Granger, Jr.)
  Actor. He was born in San Jose (California) on Wednesday July 1, 1925 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday March 27, 2011 at an age of 85.

San Jose [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Farley Granger
 
Merv Griffin     (Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr.)
  Actor, television Host, businessman. He was born in San Mateo (California) on Monday July 6, 1925 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday August 12, 2007 at an age of 82. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Mateo [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Merv Griffin
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol
 
Tom Hanks     (Thomas Jeffrey Hanks)
  Oscar winning actor, filmmaker. He was born in Concord (California) on Monday July 9, 1956

Concord [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Sunol
 
Harry 'Cookie' Lavagetto     (Harry Arthur Lavagetto)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Sunday December 1, 1912 and died in Orinda (California) on Friday August 10, 1990 at an age of 77. He was buried at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (Napa County, California) [Map].

Oakland [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Orinda [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry 'Cookie' Lavagetto
 
Harry Arthur 'Cookie' Lavagetto
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Sunday December 1, 1912 and died in Orinda (California) on Friday August 10, 1990 at an age of 77. He was buried at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (Napa County, California) [Map].

Oakland [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Orinda [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Sunol

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Arthur 'Cookie' Lavagetto

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About Alameda County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sunol. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Alameda County: www.acgov.org/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Sunol. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sunol) 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 Sunol. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sunol

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunol. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5939, Longitude: -121.8885     [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 Sunol 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 339.736 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 340.584 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.839 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Sunol 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>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sunol.



 
 
 

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