Shelby is a city in and the county seat of Toole County, Montana, United States. The population was 3,376 at the 2010 census.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.18 square miles (16.01 km2), of which, 6.03 square miles (15.62 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2) is water.
Shelby was named in honor of Peter O. Shelby, General Manager of the Montana Central Railway.
The most famous event in the town's history might be the Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons boxing match. The event, and its relation to the town, is dealt with in the article about the fight. Recently the town hosted a dog camp named Camp Collie that made national news.Shelby appears as the eastern terminus of the Marias Pass route available on Microsoft Train Simulator 1.
James Grady (author), was born and grew up here. He was on the staff of Senator Lee Metcalf, a research columnist for Jack Anderson, author of Six Days of the Condor (filmed as Three Days...)and numerous other spy and crime novels, currently a writer for Politics Daily, resident of Washington DC area.
Jack Horner, paleontologist, was born here.
Larry Krystkowiak, former NBA player (1986–1996), grew up here. He is the former head men's basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Montana and former head coach of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. He was named the head coach at the University of Utah in March 2011.
Leroy Hood (one of the World's leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics), grew up here and graduated from Shelby High School in 1956. One of the founders of The Genome Project which mapped human DNA for the first time.