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A Glance at Bucoda
You’d have to know it was there to drive to Bucoda. Tucked away from busy Interstate 5, Bucoda is a small residential town located on Highway 507 between Centralia and...
Great Music and Fishing in Mineral
The small town in the shadow of Mount Rainier is known for its lake that fills with fishing boats on opening day, and in recent times, music performances at its former grade...
A History of Onalaska
By The Chronicle The journey of the small town of Onalaska began in 1909 when William Carlisle and his family moved to the area to start up a new business venture. Like many...
Glenoma: Go Golfing — or Maybe You Prefer...
The 9-hole course at the Ironwood Green Golf Course facility in Glenoma features 1,512 yards of golf from the longest tees, with a par of 30. Designed by James Redman, the...
Small Town Near the Cowlitz River Has Rich Past
A Cowlitz Indian village, a white settler’s mill, and now a salmon hatchery have all occupied the general area where the town of Salkum was born. William and Lucretia...
Timber and Trapping Part of Pe Ell’s History
Pe Ell is located about 23 miles west of Interstate 5 and has a population of about 700. The town got its name from the mispronunciation of the first name of French-Canadian...
The View From Vader
Nestled in the woods a few miles west of Interstate 5’s exit 57 lies Vader. The town, along the Northern Pacific rail line in South Lewis County, was originally known as...
What’s in Adna? Lots of History, Great Lake for...
Just five miles outside of Chehalis along state Route 6 lies Adna, a small unincorporated community along the edges of the Chehalis River. Adna has had several names over...
Fun Out of the Sun at Great Wolf Lodge
By Aaron VanTuyl, The Chronicle Picture this: You want to get away for a few days and the kids want to hit a water park, but there’s one problem: you’re in Southwest...
Swede Day Midsommer Festival
A Swedish Flavor The town of Rochester, on the Upper Chehalis River, is said to have gotten its name in 1890 by a pioneer woman named Gaily Fleming, originally from...
Tenino’s Oregon Trail Days
Tenino’s Oregon Trail Days Remind of Storied Past For Tenino, Oregon Trail Days is both its biggest festival and a reminder of its long, storied history. The event, which...
Oakville Independence Day Parade
Rob the Bank and Enjoy Great Zucchini Oakville first attracted settlers as a logging town in the mid-1800s, not long after timber men from the East Coast visited the Pacific...
Loggers Jubilee in Morton
What began in the late 1930s as a “friendly competition” between men who worked in the woods has grown to a four-day festival in the small East Lewis County town that...
Packwood Flea Mart – On Memorial and Labor...
Out-of-towners literally take over the tiny East Lewis County community of Packwood twice each year. On Memorial and Labor Day weekends, Packwood is transformed into a...
Blueberries and Tulips Celebrated in Mossyrock
Mossyrock Blueberry Festival Mossyrock was named in 1852 for the mossy crag that rose 200 feet above the east end of Klickitat Prairie. The spot was an early trading post on...
Toledo Cheese Days
Toledo, located a few miles off of Interstate 5 at exit 63, was built on the bank of the Cowlitz River and became populous in the 1880s and 1890s due to that auspicious...
Napavine Funtime Festival
Napavine, just south of Chehalis, is the third most-populated incorporated city in Lewis County, located right off of Interstate 5 via exits 71 and 72. City of Napavine The...
Winlock Egg Day Festival
Winlock became the first incorporated city in the county in 1873, as the railroad began service. A construction camp, called Lee’s Camp, was named for the contractor and...
Chehalis Rich in History and in Summer Activities
By Eric Schwartz, The Chronicle As the county seat for Lewis County, the city of Chehalis has been a hub of activity for the past 125 years. “It’s kind of a return to the...