Ghost Town of Kerby, Oregon (Kirbeyville, Napoleon)
Ghost Town of Kerby (Kirbeyville, Napoleon)
Kerby is a Class E6 ghost town.
This former gold mining town is on US 199, five miles south of Selma, and just north of Cave Junction. Kerby was established around 1850 after a mule carrying a pool table collapsed and died here. Not being able to get paid for the failed delivery of the pool table to Althouse,“Tig” Martinez, erected a tent over the pool table and advertised a new saloon. Was a major mining camp through the 1850s with some 500 people. Several old houses, including one restored and turned into a museum.
Kerby was also the site of Fort Hay. (also known as Camp Hayes and Fort Hayes)
The history sign here says:
“This fortified ranch was a donation land claim filed by WM. B. Hay in 1854. It was attacked by 200 Takelma Indians March 23, 1856. A battle including hand-to-hand combat raged into the night. The hostiles withdrew in the morning and reinforcements arrived from Fort Vannoy.
Under Major Bruce they pursued the indians and on March 25th, the battle was resumed on the Deer Creek Side of Eight Dollar Mountain. The indians were dispersed and the volunteers proceeded to alert all settlers.
Fort Haw was later known as Anderson’s Stage Station. A Post Office named Anderson was established in 1889. It was moved to Selma in 1897.”