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.

March 2019

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  • Klog, Cookin Country, 101.5 the Wave Auction
  • The Big Day Wedding Event Expo
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  • Spell-ebration
  • Jesus Christ Super Star
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  • Jesus Christ Super Star
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  • Building Bridges & Tourism Expo
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  • Classic Film Series - The Man who Shot Liberty Valance - Columbia Theatre
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  • Electrifying Shamrock Run
  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Home, Garden & Leisure Show
  • 29th Annual Cartridge Show
  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Rainy Month Series
  • Home, Garden & Leisure Show
  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
  • Asleep at the Wheel
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  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Running of the Fools
  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
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  • Stageworks NW - Pirates of Penzance
 

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