Weatherby, Oregon

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Weatherby, Oregon
Unincorporated community
Weatherby, Oregon is located in Oregon
Weatherby, Oregon
Weatherby, Oregon
Weatherby, Oregon is located in the US
Weatherby, Oregon
Weatherby, Oregon
Coordinates: 44°29′55″N 117°22′17″W / 44.49861°N 117.37139°W / 44.49861; -117.37139Coordinates: 44°29′55″N 117°22′17″W / 44.49861°N 117.37139°W / 44.49861; -117.37139
Country United States
State Oregon
County Baker
Elevation 2,415 ft (736 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 458 and 541
GNIS feature ID 1136882[1]

Weatherby is an unincorporated community in Baker County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is about 9 miles (14 km) southeast of Durkee on Interstate 84/U.S. Route 30, near the Burnt River.[2]

There was a post office named Express Ranch established in 1865 near what is now Durkee during the gold mining boom in the county.[3] C. W. Durkee was the first postmaster.[3] It was so-named because it was a stopover for stagecoaches or "expresses", while the term "ranch" in this case probably came from the Spanish rancho, a term for a place of lodging popular with the miners who had gone there from California.[3] It had nothing to do with the pursuit of ranching.[3] The name of the office was changed to Weatherby in 1879 and at the same time it was moved 10 miles (16 km) south on the Burnt River to the property of Andrew J. Weatherby, who was also the first postmaster.[3] In 1884, the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company established a Weatherby station on its line to Huntington.[3] Weatherby post office closed in 1920.[3] Meanwhile, an office was reestablished at the Express Ranch site in 1884 and named Express.[3] The name of that office was changed to Durkee around 1902.[3]

Weatherby is the site of an Oregon Department of Transportation rest area.[4] There was formerly a state historic park north of Weatherby called Rattlesnake Springs that commemorated a stop along the Oregon Trail.[5] It was displaced by the construction of I-84.[5]

The path of the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" passed over this area in the early morning hours of August 21, 2017. The normally clear weather, combined with the unobstructed landscape within the rest area, caused a great number of people to flock here to view the eclipse. Many of these people arrived the day before, and slept in their cars, awaiting the eclipse. At approximately 9:24am local time, the moon passed over the face of the sun, causing total darkness to fall over the area, a phenomena which lasted for just over 2-minutes.


  1. ^ a b "Weatherby". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 79. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 341, 1018. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ "Weatherby Safety Rest Area". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. April 3, 2003. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Rattlesnake Springs Wayside Park (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 

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