Selby, California

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Unincorporated community
Selby is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°03′24″N 122°14′38″W / 38.05667°N 122.24389°W / 38.05667; -122.24389Coordinates: 38°03′24″N 122°14′38″W / 38.05667°N 122.24389°W / 38.05667; -122.24389[1]
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa County
Elevation[1] 20 ft (6 m)
GNIS ID[1][2] 1659623
FIPS code[1][2] 06-70868

Selby is an unincorporated community in Contra Costa County, California, United States.[1] It is located next to Rodeo, on the Southern Pacific Railroad 6.5 miles (10.5 km) west-northwest of Martinez,[3] at an elevation of 20 feet (6 m).[1] Al Zampa, a bridge construction worker who played an integral role in the construction of numerous San Francisco Bay Area bridges, was born here in 1905.

Selby is located on the Mexican land grant Rancho El Pinole made to Ygnacio Martinez. A post office operated at Selby from 1886 to 1967.[3] The name honors Prentiss Selby, its first postmaster.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Selby (Contra Costa County, California)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "FIPS55 Data: California". FIPS55 Data. United States Geological Survey. February 23, 2006. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 701. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.