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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Gastonia, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Gastonia and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Gastonia:
    • 35.262185, -81.187086
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Gastonia
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Gastonia ...

We have found one communities that share the name Gastonia.

Within North Carolina, the name Gastonia is unique.

Beyond North Carolina, there is another community also named Gastonia in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Texas
      • Kaufman County
      • This Gastonia is located in Kaufman County and lies 889 miles [1,430.7 km]<1> to the west of the Gastonia that is located in Gaston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gastonia
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kaufman County community of Gastonia.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gastonia ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Begonia [Gaston County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Begonia
    • Begonia [Gaston County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Gastonia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Begonia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Boogertown [Gaston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boogertown
    • Boogertown [Gaston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Gastonia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boogertown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boogertown
  • Bowling Green [York County]
  • Craig Heights [Gaston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Craig Heights
    • Craig Heights [Gaston County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Gastonia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Craig Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Craig Heights
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    • Forest Brook [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Brook
      • Forest Brook [Gaston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Brook have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Brook
    • Groves [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Groves
      • Groves [Gaston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Groves have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Groves
    • Jenkins Heights [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jenkins Heights
      • Jenkins Heights [Gaston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jenkins Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jenkins Heights
    • Kings Mountain [Cleveland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings Mountain
      • Kings Mountain [Cleveland County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Gastonia
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,118 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kings Mountain
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kings Mountain<3>
    • Love Park [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Love Park
      • Love Park [Gaston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Love Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Love Park
    • Mountain View [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain View
      • Mountain View [Gaston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View
    • Springwood [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springwood
      • Springwood [Gaston County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springwood
    • Stanley [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanley
      • Stanley [Gaston County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Gastonia
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,793 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanley<3>
    • Sunnyside [Gaston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyside
      • Sunnyside [Gaston County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Gastonia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunnyside have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyside

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 Gastonia. 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.

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    • Theodore Wade 'Ted' Abernathy     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Stanley (NC) on March 6, 1933 (a Monday) and died in Gastonia on December 16, 2004 (a Thursday) at the age of 71. He is buried at Gaston Memorial Park (Gaston County, North Carolina).
      • Stanley is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Gastonia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Theodore Wade 'Ted' Abernathy<4>
    • Virginia Dale     (Actress)
    • Clarence T. Dixon     (Musician)
    • Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III     (Actor, director, producer)
      • Actor, director, producer. He was born in New York (NY) on April 6, 1931 (a Monday) and died in Charlotte (NC) on March 16, 2008 (a Sunday) at the age of 76. The body was cremated.
      • Charlotte is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Gastonia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III<4>
    • Hal England     (Actor)
    • Spencer Gettys     (Negro League Baseball)
    • Donald Eugene Gibson     (Songwriter, musician)
      • Songwriter, musician. He was born in Shelby (NC) on April 3, 1928 (a Tueday) and died in Nashville (TN) on November 17, 2003 (a Monday) at the age of 75. He is buried at Sunset Cemetery (Cleveland County, North Carolina).
      • Shelby is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Gastonia.
    • Annie Montrose Hagins     (Actress, activist)
    • Wilbert Harrison     (Singer)
      • Full name: Wilbert Huntington Harrison
      • Singer. He was born in Charlotte (NC) on January 5, 1929 (a Saturday) and died in Spencer (NC) on October 26, 1994 (a Wednesday) at the age of 65. He is buried at North Pinewood Cemetery (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina).
      • Charlotte is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Gastonia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wilbert Harrison<4>
    • Daisy and Violet Hilton     (Conjoined twins, sideshow performers)
      • Conjoined twins, sideshow performers. She was born in Brighton (England) on February 5, 1908 (a Wednesday) and died in Charlotte (NC) on January 4, 1969 (a Saturday) at the age of 60.
      • Charlotte is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Gastonia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Daisy and Violet Hilton<4>
    • Oscar Micheaux     (Director, writer, producer)
      • Director, writer, producer. He was born in Metropolis (IL) on January 2, 1884 (a Wednesday) and died in Charlotte (NC) on March 25, 1951 (a Sunday) at the age of 67. He is buried at Great Bend Cemetery (Barton County, Kansas).
      • Charlotte is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Gastonia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Micheaux<4>
    • James Polk     (11th President of the US (1845 - 1849))
      • Full name: James Knox Polk
      • 11th President of the US (1845 - 1849). He was born in Pineville (NC) on November 2, 1795 (a Monday) and died in Nashville (TN) on June 15, 1849 (a Friday) at the age of 53.
      • Pineville is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Gastonia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Polk<4>
    • Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield     (Major League Baseball)

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Gastonia and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Raleigh, which is the State Capital of North Carolina, lies 147 miles [236.6 km]<1> to the east northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Gastonia to Raleigh, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 339 miles [545.6 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 20 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,233 miles [10,031 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,933 miles [11,157.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,812 miles [7,744.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for North Carolina

About Gaston County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gastonia: www.cityofgastonia.com/

The official website for Gaston County: www.co.gaston.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Gastonia) 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 Gastonia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from GastoniaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gastonia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2622, Longitude: -81.1871    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Gastonia to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.421 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.787 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.628 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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