Capay, California

Coordinates: 38°42′28″N 122°02′53″W / 38.70778°N 122.04806°W / 38.70778; -122.04806
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Capay is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°42′28″N 122°02′53″W / 38.70778°N 122.04806°W / 38.70778; -122.04806
CountryUnited States
CountyYolo County
Elevation210 ft (64 m)
ZIP code
Area code530
GNIS feature ID220568

Capay (Wintun: Kapai, meaning "Stream")[2][3][4] is an unincorporated community in Yolo County, California.[5][1] It is located on Cache Creek 2 miles (3.2 km) west-northwest of Esparto,[6] in the Capay Valley, in the northwestern part of the county. Capay's ZIP Code is 95607 and its area code 530. It lies at an elevation of 210 feet (64 m).


Rumsey Branch of SP in 1905 at Capay and Esparto

Capay is located on the Mexican land grant Rancho Cañada de Capay. Capay was originally named Munchville after one of the first white settlers, a man named Munch, who built a house on the Cache Creek at the site in 1857.[7] Mr. Empyre and Mr. Munch built a two-story building in the area.[5] The town acquired the name Langville after John A. Lang.[5] In 1870, Lang operated a hotel and owned a brick yard and a store. Langville grew enough to have a town plat filed on January 1, 1875, which renamed the town as Capay.[5]

A post office opened in Capay in 1868.[6]


This region experiences hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Capay has a typical Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Feature Detail Report for: Capay (Yolo County, California)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  2. ^ California Place Names of Indian Origin (Kroeber, 1916)
  3. ^ Online Archive of California - The ethno-geography of the Pomo and neighboring Indians
  4. ^ Bright, William (1998). 1500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  5. ^ a b c d Three Maps of Yolo County. Woodland, CA: Yolo County Historical Society. 1970. p. 6.
  6. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 461. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  7. ^ Thomas Jefferson Gregory, History of Yolo County, California (1913), available online at Internet Archive
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Capay, California