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]

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]

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.


  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.  External link in |work= (help)
  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.