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When Peter Crawford reached the Oregon Territory in 1847, he was advised by Dr. Marcus Whitman to stake a claim on the Cowlitz River. Following that advice, Crawford explored up the Cowlitz in what would later become Washington Territory. For his claim, he chose the first elevated point along the Cowlitz, near where it entered the Columbia River on the east bank. Thirty-seven years later, after the arrival of many settlers—including the Redpaths, Wallaces, and Catlins—he plotted the town on his claim, which was named after his home in Kelso, Scotland. Kelso grew from its timber, fishing, and river traffic roots. It absorbed the town of Catlin (West Kelso) in 1908 and became the county seat of Cowlitz County in 1923. Through floods, fires, storms, a bridge collapse, and even the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens, Kelso has persevered.
ISBN: 9780738575469
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Both authors were born and raised in southwest Washington and graduated from Kelso High School. George R. Miller has authored two books on Pacific Northwest weather and completed another book in the Images of America series on Gresham, Oregon. William R. Watson is the curator at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso and has a vast knowledge of local history.
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