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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Olympia [Map], which is the Seat of Thurston County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Olympia [Map], which is the State Capital of Washington, lies just to the Southwest (SW).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,346 miles [3,775.5 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from South Bay to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take 5 days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 134 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 92 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,815 miles [10,967.7 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 7,577 miles [12,194 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,703 miles [9,178.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named South Bay ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name South Bay.

While the name South Bay is unique within Washington, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Humboldt County

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


Palm Beach County

Our profile page for South Bay, Palm Beach County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,675 miles [4,305 km] to the East Southeast

New Brunswick

Our profile page for South Bay   [Map]
Distance: About 2,653 miles [4,269.6 km] to the East Northeast

New York

Madison County

Our profile page for South Bay, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,275 miles [3,661.3 km] to the East

Onondaga County

Our profile page for South Bay, Onondaga County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Onondaga County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Washington County

Our profile page for South Bay, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,368 miles [3,810.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Knox County

Our profile page for South Bay, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,037 miles [3,278.2 km] to the East

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Our profile page for South Bay   [Map]
Distance: About 1,381 miles [2,222.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Our profile page for South Bay
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near South Bay ...

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.

Bush   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South of South Bay   [Map]
Edgewater Beach   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gravelly Beach   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Kellys Korner   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lacey   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Marshville (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mushroom Corner   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sunrise Beach   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Sunset Beach   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Tumwater   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Union Mill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [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 South Bay. 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.

Earl Douglas Averill, Jr.
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Cleveland (Ohio) on Wednesday September 9, 1931 and died in Tacoma (Washington) on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at an age of 83.

Tacoma [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of South Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Douglas Averill, Jr.<8>
Bing Crosby
  Singer, Oscar winning actor. He was born in Tacoma (Washington) on Sunday May 3, 1903 and died in Madrid (Spain) [Map] on Friday October 14, 1977 at an age of 74.

Tacoma [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of South Bay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bing Crosby

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.0804, Longitude: -122.8460     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Bay 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 South Bay 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 341.275 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 342.869 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.134 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 South Bay 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:

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