Kelso is a city in southwest Washington State, United States, and is the county seat of Cowlitz County.
The population of approximately 12,000. Kelso is part of the Longview, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 102,410. Kelso shares its long western border with Longview.
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. Today, the city continues to honor its roots with the annual Highlander Festival, which features piping and dancing, golf tournament, and parade.
Community highlights include spacious Tam O’Shanter Park, the Cowlitz Historical Museum, and the Three Rivers Golf Course, one of the driest courses in the Pacific Northwest. Kelso is also home to an airport serviced by charter flights and private jets.
Kelso is known as the “City of Friendly People”
Area RV & Camping
Cowlitz County Historical Museum
Kelso Theater Pub
Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX
Kelso Train Station
Three Rivers Mall
Tam O'Shanter Park
Catlin Rotary Spray Park
Lads & Lassies Park
Rotary Skate Park
Scot Hollow Park
Kelso Senior Center
Highlander Iron Horse
City of Kelso
Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce