Originally posted by Stephen F. Rich
: : I am looking for any kind of information on the town of Kirk, Oregon. This town is no longer in existance. The last inhabitants left in the 1950s. I'm not positive what County it is in. The town site sets along the Souther Pacific Rail Road tracks. The main industry of Kirk was wood products. If any one has information please E-mail me.
: : Thanks,
: : Glenn McIntire
: : firstname.lastname@example.org
: The Oregon Geographic Names reports that Kirk is in Klamath County and "Kirk is the name of the family upon whose allotment the community is situated. Jesse Kirk was a prominent and respected Indian, an ordained Methodist minister. The name was first chosen by the Southern Pacific Company for a station name at a point that was for several years the end of the line north of Klamath Falls. The post office was established in 1920, with the name of Kirkford; why the additional syllable no one seems to know, although it is true there is a ford in the Williamson River nearby. The scheme of different names for the station and the post officehas always been unsatisfactory and in 1925 the postal authorities changed the office name to Kirk to agree with the station name." This is all I could find at this time. Perhaps the public library or the Historical Society in Klamath Falls can be of more help. Stephen