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...
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...
Plenty of History Is on Display at Area Museums
By Edna Fund, For The Chronicle Lewis County Historical Museum, 599 N.W. Front Way, Chehalis, is located in the former 1912 Northern Pacific Railroad Depot. The McKinley...
Get in Your Car and Discover History
Visitors Find the Past Still Lives in Places All Across Lewis County By Edna Fund, For The Chronicle Centralia 1. Borst Homestead, Blockhouse, Gardens, Schoolhouse and Oregon...