Kelso Washington

Surveyor Peter Crawford founded Kelso in the 1840s. A Scottish native, Crawford fell in love with the area and named it “Kelso” after his hometown in Scotland.


Kelso Events Calendar

Today, the city continues to honor its roots with the annual Highlander Festival, which features piping and dancing, golf tournament, and parade.

July 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • Kalama Heritage Festival
  • Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball
2
  • Cardboard Regatta - Go 4th Festival
3
  • Firecracker 5k Fun Run
4
  • Timber Carnival - Go 4th Festival
  • Fireworks - Go 4th Festival
5
6
  • Hot Summer Nights - Woodland
  • Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball
7
  • Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball
8
  • Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball
9
10
11
12
13
  • Kalama Fair
  • Hot Summer Nights - Woodland
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
  • Hot Summer Nights - Woodland
  • Castle Rock Fair
21
22
23
24
25
  • Cowlitz County Fair
  • KUKN Concert at the Cowlitz County Fair
26
  • Cowlitz County Fair
  • Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
27
  • Hot Summer Nights - Woodland
  • Cowlitz County Fair
  • Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
28
  • Cowlitz County Fair
  • Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
29
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Kelso Washington

In the 1840’s, Kelso was founded along the banks of the Cowlitz River by a surveyor named Peter Crawford. He named the town after his Scottish home. Kelso has a unique historical past. It holds a story of struggle against competition in business and professions, its disasters and its faith in itself to overcome all odds and to expand, grow and progress in every way. The complete and colorful history of Kelso is recorded in detail in a book by local resident/author Camilla Summers (deceased). Her book, ‘About Kelso’, takes the reader from the time before Peter Crawford through the effects of the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980.


1884

Established


Kelso is a city in southwest Washington State, United States, and is the county seat of Cowlitz County.
11925

Population


At the 2010 census, the population was 11,925.

(360) 577-3137

Cowlitz County Tourism
1900 7th Ave Lonview, WA 98632

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