Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Fort Ter-Waw
"Sketch of Fort Ter-Waw, Spring of 1862," by G. E. Young. (NPS)
Established on October 12, 1857, by 1st Lieutenant George Crook, 4th Infantry, who suggested the name "Ter-Waw" (Yurok Indian for "beautiful place"), it was located in Del Norte County, on the north bank of the Klamath River, about six miles above its mouth, on Klamath Indian Reservation land and across the river from the reservation agency's headquarters. The post was evacuated on June 11, 1861, but reoccupied on August 28, 1861. Flooded four times during the winter of 1861-62, with 17 of its 20 buildings undermined and washed away, plans were made to relocate the camp on a new site. However, during the following late spring, on June 11, Brigadier General George Wright countermanded the order to rebuild the post since any site on the river would be subjected to flooding. The post's troops were moved to the Smith River Valley where Camp Lincoln was being constructed six miles north-east of Crescent City.