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.

September 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Castle Rock Farmers Market
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  • Kalama - The Resolectrics
5
  • Longview - Thirsty Thursday
  • Kalama - KUKN End of Summer Party
6
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
  • Castle Rock Blooming Tour
7
  • Castle Rock Blooming Tour
  • Cowlitz Farmers Market
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
8
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
  • Longview - Seahawks Poker Walk/Run
  • Castle Rock Farmers Market
9
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  • Kalama - The Jack Maybe Project
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  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
14
  • Cowlitz Farmers Market
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
  • Kelso - Highlander Festival
  • Columbia Theatre - Pigs on a Wing
15
  • Kelso - Highlander Festival
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
  • Castle Rock Farmers Market
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  • Kalama - Coastline & This Years Model
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20
  • Columbia Theatre - Aureum
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
21
  • Castle Rock - Rock & Gem Show
  • Cowlitz Farmers Market
  • Longview - Extreme Machines
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
22
  • Castle Rock - Rock & Gem Show
  • Castle Rock Farmers Market
  • Stageworks Northwest - Some Enchanted Evening
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  • Moonlight Run/Walk 5k
28
  • Cowlitz Farmers Market
  • Woodland - Cedar Creek Grist Mill - Corn Bread Day
  • Longview - CFA Cat Show
  • It's a Blast: Volcano Exploration Days
29
  • Castle Rock Farmers Market
30
 

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