Introduction to Kelso, Washington
Native Americans who belonged to the Cowlitz tribe were the original inhabitants of this area. The earliest European explorers came to this area in 1855. Peter Crawford founded Kelso in 1884. He named it after Kelso, Scotland which is where he was from. In its early days, Kelso had many taverns and brothels catering to the local loggers. This led to it being nicknamed "little Chicago."
Kelso and nearby Attractions
- Highland Park
- Coweeman River
- Harding Creek
- Cowlitz County Historical Museum
- Longview Country Club
- Mint Valley Golf Course
Things To Do In Kelso
Kelso has a lot in store for history buffs, beginning with the Cowlitz County Museum, which has many exhibits that date back to the late 1880s when the town was established. The museums offer walking tours of the historic sites of Kelso. The Highlander Festival is a much anticipated local celebration. The Kilted Klassic Golf tournament is another local event that attracts golf lovers.
Portland International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Kelso Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are available at Lower Columbia College, Clark College, and University of Portland.