Things to do in Cowlitz County

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Regal Cinemas 12 – RPX
341 Three Rivers Drive
Kelso, WA 98626
844.462.7342
1st Street Antiques – Kalama
180 1st Street
Kalama, WA 98625
1st Street Antiques

1st Street Antiques located in Kalama WA. Open 11 am to 5 pm 7 days a week.

360.703.5859
McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge
215 Hendrickson Drive
Kalama, WA 98625
McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge

McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge opens Friday, April 20. We welcome you to the newest McMenamins property, Kalama Harbor Lodge – a tropical-inspired oasis along the Columbia River – nestled between Kalama’s landmark totem poles and the marina at the Port of the Kalama. Inspired by the Hawaiian heritage of John Kalama, the property is reminiscent of the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. You’re sure to feel the relaxation of an island vibe while taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The new hotel will include 40 guestrooms with private bathrooms and individual lanais, most with a view of the river. The property will include a restaurant & lounge with wood stoves and a bar made of salvaged radio telegraph poles, as well as a wrap-around outdoor patio with views of the river and four fire pits for which to gather ‘round. Watch our brewers through the large front window as they make the newest selection of handcrafted ales in the seven-barrel brewery just inside the main door. Step inside the gift shop to find McMenamins gear and handcrafted beverages, including growler fills and bottles to-go. Take the elevator to the fourth floor, where you’ll find the Rooftop Bar with the best views of the river. Watch the boats come and go, handcrafted ale in hand.

Let us be the location for your next meeting and event or upcoming wedding. We have room for up to 120 people (standing). For more information and to inquire about booking private events, please go to our website.

Meander along the path that leads from the hotel past the totem poles and Marine Park to Ahles Point, where you’ll find a small log-cabin style shack built by Kalama manufacturer Mountain Log Homes. The Shack will be warmed by fireplaces inside and out, with a patio and views of the Columbia River.

McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge will honor the town’s roots and historical significance with its unique architecture, commissioned art and visual touches. Similar architecture can be found today in Kalama in an 1870s structure that was the Northern Pacific Railway’s hospital. John Kalama — originally of Kula, Maui — lived in the area as an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Kalama River and the city both bear his name. Descendants of John Kalama are members of the Nisqually and Warm Springs Tribes.

360.673.6970
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Triangle Center
1015 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, WA 98632

Triangle Center – Triangle Center is located at the corner of Ocean Beach Hwy. & 15th Ave., Longview. It is a Community Center which opened in 1964 and was last renovated in 2005. It is an Open shopping mall with 1,635 parking spaces. It covers an area of 253,064 sqft.

The Triangle Center offers numerous stores and restaurants, including:
Ross, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael’s, Applebee’s, Winco, Starbucks, Big 5 Sports, Ace Hardware, Office Depot, US Cellular, Ultra, Chase Bank, Rite – Aid,
and more.

Cowlitz County Fair
1900 7th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
Cowlitz County Fair 2018
July 25, 26, 27 & 28

The History of the Cowlitz County Fair~
On September 3rd and 4th 1937 the Cowlitz Valley Fair was held for the first time in Catlin Park, beginning a tradition that has lasted seventy-five years and continues on to this day as the Cowlitz County Fair. With the exception of the four years during World War II, the annual fair has provided such stimulating and amusing entertainment as a milking contest between civic leaders from Longview and Kelso held the very first day of that very first fair. Contestants included Kelso Mayor W.E. Chinn, Kelso Kiwanis President Thomas H. Van Noy, President E.G. Ditlersen and Secretary Eugene Crumb of the Kelso Chamber of Commerce VS Longview Mayor John P. Bell, Longview Kiwanis President Verne DeVilbiss, President J.L. Norris and Secretary L.K. Martini of the Longview Chamber of Commerce. The winner was Dr. J.L. Norris of Longview.
Other events of the day included the livestock judging contest and the Home Economics judging event. There were fair exhibits on clean easy milkers, grange feeds, grange flour, international trucks, batteries, tires, and J.I. Case Farm Machinery. The first day centered on farms and gardens. The Rose Valley Grange won first in the Grange exhibit division with a variety of farm produce. Pleasant Hill was 2nd and Kalama 3rd. The Judges were Mr.& Mrs. Heye Meyers of Vancouver.

COWLITZ COUNTY FAIR FOR THE 1st TWENTY-FIVE YEARS 1937 – 1962

Our fair began as The Cowlitz Valley Fair held at Catlin Park. But it didn’t stay put. The location moved to 15th Avenue and Ocean Beach Hwy in 1941, next to 7th Avenue and the old LP&N railway in 1942, then to Saddle Club Park in Longview at 14th and Baltimore in 1946, back to 7th Avenue in 1947, and finally to the present location in 1950. During this time the fair underwent two additional name changes: The Cowlitz County Fair in 1946 and The Columbia Empire Fair in 1949. There were no fairs nationwide from 1941 -1945 by government order due to WWII.
Right from the beginning the fair was a family friendly event. Admission increases reflected this, starting from only .25 to .50 cents for adults and from .10 to .25 cents for children under the age of 15. By 1962 admission was .75 cents for adults and the .25 cents for kids stayed the same and the age requirement was dropped to under 12 years of age and covered all of the events. The attendance grew from approximately 3,000 in 1946 to 23,302 in 1962.
From the beginning, the fair has had a western flare throughout, with many Country Western singers, comedians, and various other western themed performers. Events and entertainment included horse shows, juvenile rodeos, Sheriff’s Posse horse shows, many dog & chimp acrobatic performers, and jalopy races. Also in attendance were governors, noted political leaders, and T.V. & movie personality guest appearances. One of the exciting attractions was seeing who would win the crown for “Queen of the Fair.” Many of the young ladies who won the title of Queen had also first won a Rodeo title, demonstrating how hard working these youths were in the early days of the fair.
New building additions to the fair began with the construction of the automobile building in 1947 and went on to include the floral building, modern restrooms, model milk parlor and office building in 1948. Also added was a new horse show arena in 1952, a dormitory for youngsters who stay overnight for livestock exhibits in 1953, a caretaker’s house in 1954, and lastly in this time period, a 40’X120’ livestock building.

360.577.3121
360.577.6254
Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo 2018
July 26, 27 & 28 at 7:00 pm

The History of the Rodeo

The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo originated as a PRCA rodeo in 1975 under the direction of rodeo committee members Ron McCoy, Mel Boultinghouse, Cal Christensen, Vern Eaton, Wayne Gossett, Bill Merz, George Moore, Les Nelson, and Jan Searing. The rodeo was originally called The Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo, but after Mount Saint Helens spewed its fire and thunder upon this area in 1980, committeeman George Moore suggested in 1981 that the rodeo’s name be changed to The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.

Since 1981, the rodeo has been known by this memorable name, which though was derived from a volcanic eruption, it also aptly denotes the thundering hooves and energy, which this rodeo brings to town.

When the rodeo began in 1975 we used a borrowed, portable arena that was erected just before the Cowlitz County Fair opened, and had to dismantle it after the fair ended. In 1979, we established a permanent arena. Although this arena was a vast improvement over a portable arena, we now have a state of the art arena, which we are proud to state was entirely constructed by committee members. Cowlitz County Fair Grounds 1970’s Our present committee is comprised of 12 committee members, whereas we had 8 committee members when the rodeo originated.

Christensen Brothers was our original stock contractor. Gold Buckle Rodeo Company is our present stock contractor. We began with $300.00 per added event, and now we add $3,000.00 per event, including barrel racing. Since this rodeo’s origination we have consistently drawn top cowboy and cowgirl contestants to the competition. The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo committee believes that the keys to success in having a great rodeo consist of having excellent stock, quality contestants, talented bullfighters, funny clowns, and exciting half-time entertainment. Each year we strive to make the rodeo the most successful rodeo competition we can bring to the Lower Columbia region. We hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo!

360.577.3121
360.577.6254
Lewis & Clark Bowmen
9435 Barnes Road, Castle Rock, WA

Lewis & Clark Bowmen

Offering:

Archery Lessons – Youth and Adult, Individual/Group

Archery Shoots – Competitions

Archery Range Situated in the Woods – 3-D Range

(Range accessible to members only or during shoots)

Hunting Preparation Shoots – Fall/Winter Archery

Inexpensive Club Memberships

Lewis & Clark Bowmen
(360) 636-3027
Three Rivers Mall
351 Three Rivers Mall
Kelso, WA 98626

Three Rivers Mall is conveniently located right off of I-5 at exit 39. Shop stores including JCPenney, Sportsman’s Warehouse,
Pier 1 Imports, Target, Bath & Body Works, Planet Fitness and Regal Cinemas 12 & RPX.

360.577.5218
Zip Line Adventures
4220 Spirit Lake Hwy, Silver Lake, WA 98645

Glide through the sky with an exciting aerial trek on a Zip line

Treehouse Island Zip Line Adventures located in the heart of the Great Northwest, located just 45 miles north of Portland, OR.
Discover the excitement that can only be found playing amongst the branches.

Treehouse Island is a fifty-acre paradise boasting a gorgeous array of Cedar, Ash, Maple and Fir trees for your zipping pleasure.
Enjoy breathtaking nature, abundant recreation and incredible views that you can only find in the Northwest. Treehouse Island… be a kid again!

360.274.2425
Mt St Helens Visitor Center
3029 Spirit Lake Hwy, Castle Rock, WA 98611

Mt St Helens Visitor Center is a world-class facility located on the western shore of Silver Lake. With its high ceilings and massive windows, the outdoors becomes a part of the architecture. Your senses will come alive as you enjoy the interactive exhibits, a step-in model of the volcano and theater programs that are offered twice an hour. Outside, a mile-long trail takes you into marshy plains surrounding Silver Lake where you can see waterfowl and a picture-perfect view of the mountain.

Make sure to take in one of the comprehensive presentations on the historical and cultural significance of the area. View exhibits showing the chronology of events leading up to the eruption and see the working seismograph. On your trip to Mount St. Helens, Silver Lake Visitor Center is the closest to I-5.

The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center opened its doors to the public a few years after the monumental eruption of Mount St. Helens. Functioning as a gateway to the mountain, over 30 miles away, our goal is to educate visitors on the historical significance of the landscape before and during the eruption. We also focus on the resulting impact on nearby ecosystems. Our vantage point offers a view of the Western slope of the mountain, visible from both our center and walking trail.

This unique building features expansive windows providing a glimpse of towering second-growth forest all around. A high archway and elaborately carved wooden columns contribute to the feeling of magnificence. Inside, visitors can enjoy a variety of interpretive displays that include comprehensive information on local history, geology, and re-growth and recovery of the land in the years immediately after the eruption.

Displays include:

Large, step-in model of the volcano
functioning seismograph and live feed of current Mount St. Helens volcano seismicity
Chronological timeline of events leading up to the volcanic blast on May 18, 1980
Theater program offered twice an hour; at :05 and :35 after.

Outdoors, visitors can explore Silver Lake along the 0.6 mile-long trail, including boardwalks over the wetland where a variety of aquatic plants and migratory waterfowl can be viewed at different times of the year.

Visitor Center Hours:
March 1 – May 15, open daily 9:00 – 4:00
May 16 – September 15, open daily 9:00 – 5:00
September 16 – October 31, open daily 9:00 – 4:00
November 1 – February 28, open Thursday through Monday 9:00 – 4:00

360.274.0962
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