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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Salt Lake City [Map], which is the Seat of Salt Lake County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from White Sands to Salt Lake City, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Salt Lake City [Map], which is the State Capital of Utah, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N). The buggy would take four to five hours and walking would take 6 hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,841 miles [2,962.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 72 days and walking would take 105 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,010 miles [11,281.5 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 7,778 miles [12,517.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,756 miles [9,263.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named White Sands ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name White Sands.

While the name White Sands is unique within Utah, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Utah

Alberta

Our profile page for White Sands   [Map]
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the North

Georgia

Hall County

Our profile page for White Sands, Hall County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,587 miles [2,554 km] to the East

Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for White Sands, Calvert County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,879 miles [3,024 km] to the East

New Mexico

Dona Ana County

Our profile page for White Sands, Dona Ana County   [Map]
Distance: About 639 miles [1,028.4 km] to the South Southeast

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Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for White Sands   [Map]
Distance: About 2,467 miles [3,970.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near White Sands ...

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.

Blue Star Meadows   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of White Sands   [Map]
Cobblestone Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Crescent   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Crescent Ridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
David Street   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Dry Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Green Willows   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Greenwood Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Heritage Villa   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Hilltop   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Lost Eden   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Meadow Cove   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Mingo Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Pebble Glen   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Probe   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Quail Point   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Ridge Point   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Robinson Square   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Sandy   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Sandy Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Sandy Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Silver Ridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Silver Sage   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Silver Smith   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Spring Circle   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Spring Hollow   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Sprucewood   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Teakwood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Union Square   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Wildflower   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Willow View   -   Less than 2 miles 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 White Sands. 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.

Maude Adams     (Born as Maude Kiskadden)
  Actress. She was born in Salt Lake City (Utah) on Monday November 11, 1872 and died in Tannersville (New York) on Friday July 17, 1953 at an age of 80.

Salt Lake City [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of White Sands

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Maude Adams<7>
 
Parley Baer
  Actor. He was born in Salt Lake City (Utah) on Wednesday August 5, 1914 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday November 22, 2002 at an age of 88. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Salt Lake City [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of White Sands

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Parley Baer
 
Dr. Grover Sanders Krantz
  Anthropologist. He was born in Salt Lake City (Utah) on Thursday November 5, 1931 and died in Port Angeles (Washington) on Thursday February 14, 2002 at an age of 70.

Salt Lake City [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of White Sands

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. Grover Sanders Krantz
 
Brigham Young
  Religious leader of the Latter Day Saints (LDS). He was born in Whitingham (Vermont) on Monday June 1, 1801 and died in Salt Lake City (Utah) on Wednesday August 29, 1877 at an age of 76. He was buried at Mormon Pioneer Memorial (Utah).

Salt Lake City [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of White Sands

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Brigham Young
 
Loretta Young     (Born as Gretchen Young)
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Salt Lake City (Utah) on Monday January 6, 1913 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday August 12, 2000 at an age of 87.

Salt Lake City [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of White Sands

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Loretta Young

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Salt Lake County: www.slco.org/

The official website for State of Utah: www.utah.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White Sands. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5611, Longitude: -111.8744     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White Sands 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 White Sands 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 331.892 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 331.43 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.773 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: findagrave.com.

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