Once considered a ghost town, Curlew is now an unincorporated community in Ferry County, WA. This small community is located on the Kettle River and State Route 21, between Danville and Malo, Washington. The community’s current history begins in 1896, with the establishment of a general store that serviced miners, railroads men, traders, and native Americans. By 1898, the town of 200 had grown large enough to warrant a post office. In 1901, the cable ferry used to cross the Kettle River was replaced by a sturdy one-lane bridge, which is still in use. In 2010 the town and surrounding environs (zip-code 99118) was estimated at 1056.
The small town also hosts the Barrel Derby Days festival, which includes a reenactment of whiskey barrels being run from the Canadian border to Curlew (where prohibition moonshiners used to pull the barrels from the river).