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Sunset Beach, Washington
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Olympia [Map], which is the Seat of Thurston County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Olympia [Map], which is the State Capital of Washington, lies just to the Southeast (SE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,351 miles [3,783.6 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Sunset Beach 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 6,816 miles [10,969.3 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 7,578 miles [12,195.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,705 miles [9,181.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunset Beach ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Sunset Beach.

Within Washington, there are 4 communities which are also named Sunset Beach. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 22 communities in the United States and Canada - with 22 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Washington

Communities outside of Washington

Other Communities Located In Washington

Grays Harbor County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Grays Harbor County   [Map]
Distance: About 59 miles [95 km] to the West

Island County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Island County   [Map]
Distance: About 79 miles [127.1 km] to the North Northeast

Mason County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Mason County   [Map]
Distance: About 22 miles [35.4 km] to the North

Pierce County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Pierce County   [Map]
Distance: About 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East Northeast

Communities Outside of Washington

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Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the North Northeast

British Columbia

Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 159 miles [255.9 km] to the North


Orange County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the South Southeast

Santa Cruz County

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

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Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,539 miles [4,086.1 km] to the East Southeast

Pinellas County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Pinellas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,537 miles [4,082.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Honolulu County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Honolulu County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,622 miles [4,219.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,366 miles [3,807.7 km] to the East

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,916 miles [3,083.5 km] to the East

Schoolcraft County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Schoolcraft County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,726 miles [2,777.7 km] to the East

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New Jersey

Cape May County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Cape May County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,446 miles [3,936.5 km] to the East

Gloucester County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Gloucester County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,412 miles [3,881.7 km] to the East

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New York

Niagara County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Niagara County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,133 miles [3,432.7 km] to the East

Orleans County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Orleans County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,158 miles [3,473 km] to the East

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North Carolina

Brunswick County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Brunswick County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,466 miles [3,968.6 km] to the East

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Mahoning County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Mahoning County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,096 miles [3,373.2 km] to the East

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Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 1,968 miles [3,167.2 km] to the East

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Clatsop County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Clatsop County   [Map]
Distance: About 82 miles [132 km] to the Southwest

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Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 950 miles [1,528.9 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Monongalia County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Monongalia County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,193 miles [3,529.3 km] to the East

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Calumet County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Calumet County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,673 miles [2,692.4 km] to the East

Dodge County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Dodge County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,661 miles [2,673.1 km] to the East

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunset Beach ...

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.

Agate   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Sunset Beach   [Map]
Bush   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Delphi   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Edgewater Beach   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Gravelly Beach   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Lacey   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Marshville (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mushroom Corner   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Sunrise Beach   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Tumwater   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Union Mill   -   9 miles [14.5 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 Sunset Beach. 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Sunset Beach

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Sunset Beach

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bing Crosby

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sunset Beach. 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 that begins in Sunset Beach. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunset Beach) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.0923, Longitude: -122.9624     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset Beach 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 Sunset Beach 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 341.372 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 342.982 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.21 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 Sunset Beach 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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