I grew up in this general area, but have to admit that I'd never even heard of Quinaby.
I'm glad I finally visited this old rail stop as it's introduced me to Chief Quinaby, a Calapooian Indian, and his story.
When white settlers invaded this region the native tribes were eventually gathered up and relocated to Grande Ronde. Chief Quinaby continues to get no respect as whatever was once at this historical site is now missing from it's perch.
Chief Quinaby could not be contained and made his way back to his valley home. But the "progress" of the white man could not be stopped and illness, violence and the march of time left him as the last of his tribe.
Being old and alone would be sad enough, but his end was just as dismal. He celebrated a Christian holiday and died a day later on December 26th, 1878.comments powered by