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Ogilby, California

Ogilby, California
Ghost town
Ogilby is located in California
Location in California
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 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 1
  • Nearby 2
  • Communications 3
  • Government 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


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]


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 .[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]


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


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


  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.  
  2. ^ a b c "Ogilby".  
  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.  
  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".  
  9. ^ "California's 51st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 
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