Fort Ter-Waw > Turwah > Terwah
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:06AM
Jo Giessner

1855, "In November 1855 the United States government established an Indian Reservation on the Klamath River. It gave the tribes one mile of river frontage on both sides of the Klamath River and extended 20 miles back.

Fort Ter-Waw was built six miles upstream from the mouth of the Klamath where the soldiers could keep an eye on the Indians. The name 'Ter-Waw' was Indian for 'nice place.' The soil was rich and vegetable gardens were planted. A sawmill was set up to make the lumber for the camp. By 1861 the fort was a flourishing community but things were to change.

That winter it rained and rained. Roads were washed out and the gardens disappeared under flood waters. As the waters continued to rise, twenty buildings were swept away leaving only three officers' quarters. These went a few days later. Meanwhile all the improvements at the Indian Reservation went downstream.

As the waters receded, all sorts of debris lined the river banks, some of it reclaimable. But that was the end of Camp Ter-Waw. With the water down, the men were marched out to take up new quarters north of Crescent City." - McBeth, Frances Turner (1950) Lower Klamath Country. Berkeley, California~

1898 August 6, Post Office at Terwer Flat - "A petition is being circulated and numerously signed to be presented to the Post Office Department asking that a Post Office be established and J.A. Johnson be appointed postmaster at Terwer Flat --seven miles up the Klamath from Requa. The offfice is needed for the convenience of the settlers, and we hope to see the office established."- Del Norte Record

1898 December 5,  4th class Post Office established as Turwah located 7 miles east of Requa.

James A. Johnson, First Postmaster.

1899 September 15,  Turwah Post Office discontinued. (service moved to Requa 31 Aug 1899)

1905 February 21, Post Office re-established as Terwah with Andrew G. Taylor as Postmaster.

1905 August 26, Terwah Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Requa. 

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