Ogilby, California

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Coordinates: 32°49′01″N 114°50′20″W / 32.81694°N 114.83889°W / 32.81694; -114.83889

Ogilby, California
Ghost town
Ogilby is located in California
Ogilby
Ogilby
Location in California
Coordinates: 32°49′01″N 114°50′20″W / 32.81694°N 114.83889°W / 32.81694; -114.83889
Country United States
State California
County Imperial County
Founded 1877[1]
Elevation[2] 364 ft (111 m)
Area codes 442/707
FIPS code 06-53420
GNIS feature ID 252950

Ogilby (formerly, Oglesby)[3] is a ghost town in Imperial County, California, United States.[2][4] Ogilby is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 42 miles (68 km) east of El Centro,[3] and 3.8 miles (6.1 km) north of Interstate 8 on County Road S34.[5] The name is official for federal use, and a feature ID number of 252950 has been assigned. Ogilby is defined by the US Geological Survey as a populated place at 356 feet (109 m) AMSL elevation. NAD27 latitude and longitude are listed at 32°49′01″N 114°50′20″W / 32.81694°N 114.83889°W / 32.81694; -114.83889 on the "Ogilby, California" 7.5-minute quadrangle (map).[6] It is included in the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District. It lies at an elevation of 364 feet (111 m).[2]

History[edit]

Ogilby was founded as a railroad stop for the Southern Pacific in 1877, and served as a supply point for the mining communities of Glamis, Hedges, and Tumco.[1] The Oglesby post office operated for part of 1880.[3] The Ogilby post office operated from 1890 to 1895, moving in 1892, and from 1898 to 1942.[3] The name honors E.R. Ogilby, mine promoter.[3] Parts of the second Plank Road were assembled in Ogilby.[1] The town was abandoned by 1961.[1]

Nearby[edit]

Ogilby lies along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks east of Algodones Dunes.[5]

Ogilby Hills, to the southeast, have summits in the 600–800-foot (180–240 m) AMSL range.[5]

A Catholic cemetery exists to the south and west of the railroad line at 32°48′55″N 114°50′20″W / 32.81528°N 114.83889°W / 32.81528; -114.83889.[5]

The closest city is Yuma, Arizona, at about 25 miles (40 km) driving distance.

The international border with Mexico lies about 9 miles (14 km) in a straight line to the south. The Arizona state line lies about 7 miles (11 km) southeast.[7]

Communications[edit]

There is no ZIP code assigned to Ogilby. The area lies within area code 760.

Government[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Ogilby is in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ben Hueso, and in the 56th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Eduardo Garcia.[8]

In the United States House of Representatives, Ogilby is in California's 51st congressional district, represented by Democrat Juan Vargas.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dolan, Christy (2005). "Ogilby: A Desert Station on the Southern Pacific Railroad" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society for California Archaeology. 18: 82–88. ISSN 0897-0947. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ogilby". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1450. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ Ghost Towns - Ogilby
  5. ^ a b c d "Ogilby, California," 7.5-minute quadrangle (map), US Geological Survey, 1997.
  6. ^ "National Geographic Names Database," US Geological Survey, 1995.
  7. ^ "Ogilby, California," "Grays Well NE, California," and "Araz, California," 7.5-minute quadrangles (maps), US Geological Survey.
  8. ^ "Statewide Database". Regents of the University of California. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "California's 51st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 

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