Introduction to Longview, Washington
The earliest settlers came to Longview during the early 1850s. Development was slow over the next 60 years and the area mainly consisted of wilderness and farmland. In 1918, Robert A. Long, a Missouri based timber baron, decided to shift operations to the west coast. In 1921, Wesley Vandercook decided to construct a mill at Kelso, which was a small town, but realized that it would not be able to support the workforce required for the mill. This led the Long-Bell Company to get a city planner for building a city that would support the two mills. As a result of these efforts, Longview was officially founded in February 1924.
Longview and nearby Attractions
- Lake Sacajawea Park
- The Nutty Narrows Bridge
- Koth Art Gallery
- Mint Valley Golf Course
- Columbia Theater
- Cedar Street Reservoir
Things To Do In Longview
The Nutty Narrows Bridge is a unique attraction because it is a bridge built for squirrels. It was built in 1963 to enable squirrels to cross the busy thoroughfare safely and has attracted considerable international attention. Lake Sacajawea Park is another popular spot and has 3.5 miles of trails for jogging, hiking, and biking. The park has exquisite gardens and amenities for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and picnicking. It also serves as the venue for concerts and other special events.
Portland International Airport provides air transportation.
Longview Higher Education
Lower Columbia College is the local institution for higher education. Clark College and University of Portland are other institutions in neighboring areas.