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 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.


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.

November 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Cinema of Horrors
2
  • Silver Lake Grange - Pumpkin Roll
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
  • Kalama - 21st Annual Holiday Bazaar
  • Toy Soldier Bazaar
  • Lelooska Foundation Living History Performance
  • Cinema of Horrors
3
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
4
5
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7
  • Classic Film Series - Brigadoon - Columbia Theatre
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9
  • Kelso Bridge Market Christmas Bazaar
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
10
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
  • Artrageous
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15
  • Cabaret 2019
16
  • Longview Community Holiday Bazaar
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
  • Cabaret 2019
17
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
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22
  • Stageworks NW - The Broken Badge
  • 40th Annual Seattle Intl Comedy Competition
23
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
  • Stageworks NW - The Broken Badge
24
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
  • Stageworks NW - The Broken Badge
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28
  • Turkey Trot
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
29
  • Stageworks NW - The Broken Badge
30
  • Science & Learning Center at Coldwater Opens
  • Stageworks NW - The Broken Badge
  • Lelooska Foundation Living History Performance
  • Love Street Playhouse - Chaps! A jingle-jangle Christmas
 

Kelso/Longview Visitor Center

105 N Minor Rd
Kelso, WA 98626

(360) 577-8058

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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