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Our Genealogy Helper for Kelso ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Kelso (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Kelso. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Kelso is located in Cowlitz County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Washington's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cowlitz County: Columbia (OR), Clark, Lewis, Skamania & Wahkiakum.

Below are the counties that are near Kelso. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Kelso:

  • Cowlitz County     (The home county of Kelso)
    • Longview [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longview
      • Longview [Cowlitz County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,515 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Longview<2>
    • Ostrander [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ostrander
      • Ostrander [Cowlitz County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ostrander
    • Longview Heights [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longview Heights
      • Longview Heights [Cowlitz County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Longview Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longview Heights
    • West Longview [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Longview
      • West Longview [Cowlitz County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Longview have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Longview
    • Carrolls [Cowlitz County]
    • Rose Valley [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rose Valley
      • Rose Valley [Cowlitz County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Valley
    • Coal Creek [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal Creek
      • Coal Creek [Cowlitz County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal Creek
    • Castle Rock [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castle Rock
      • Castle Rock [Cowlitz County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,304 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castle Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Castle Rock<2>
    • Kalama [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalama
      • Kalama [Cowlitz County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,844 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalama
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalama<2>
    • Stella [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stella
      • Stella [Cowlitz County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stella have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stella
    • Silver Lake [Cowlitz County]
    • Toutle [Cowlitz County]
  • Clark County
    • Woodland [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodland
      • Woodland [Clark County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,548 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodland<2>
    • La Center [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Center
      • La Center [Clark County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,602 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Center<2>
    • Ridgefield [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgefield
      • Ridgefield [Clark County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,278 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgefield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ridgefield<2>
    • Pioneer [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pioneer
      • Pioneer [Clark County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pioneer
    • Amboy [Clark County]
    • Cherry Grove [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry Grove
      • Cherry Grove [Clark County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherry Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry Grove
    • King Corner [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for King Corner
      • King Corner [Clark County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on King Corner
    • Chelatchie [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chelatchie
      • Chelatchie [Clark County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chelatchie
    • Dollar's Corner [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dollar's Corner
      • Dollar's Corner [Clark County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dollar's Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dollar's Corner
    • Heisson [Clark County]
    • Lewisville [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewisville
      • Lewisville [Clark County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewisville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewisville
    • Battle Ground [Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Battle Ground
      • Battle Ground [Clark County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,712 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Battle Ground
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Battle Ground<2>
  • Lewis County
    • Vader [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vader
      • Vader [Lewis County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 677 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vader
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vader<2>
    • Toledo [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toledo
      • Toledo [Lewis County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 785 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toledo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Toledo<2>
    • Winlock [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winlock
      • Winlock [Lewis County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,490 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winlock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winlock<2>
    • Saint Urban [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Urban
      • Saint Urban [Lewis County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Urban
    • Ethel [Lewis County]
    • Napavine [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Napavine
      • Napavine [Lewis County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,042 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Napavine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napavine<2>
    • Salkum [Lewis County]
    • Silver Creek [Lewis County]
    • Onalaska [Lewis County]
    • Curtis [Lewis County]
    • Mossyrock [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mossyrock
      • Mossyrock [Lewis County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 838 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mossyrock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mossyrock<2>
    • Adna [Lewis County]
  • Wahkiakum County
    • East Cathlamet [Wahkiakum County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Cathlamet
      • East Cathlamet [Wahkiakum County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Cathlamet have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Cathlamet
    • Cathlamet [Wahkiakum County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cathlamet
      • Cathlamet [Wahkiakum County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 541 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cathlamet
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cathlamet<2>
    • Skamokawa [Wahkiakum County]
    • Grays River [Wahkiakum County]
    • Rosburg [Wahkiakum County]
  • Clatsop County (OR)
    • Westport [Clatsop County]
    • Clifton [Clatsop County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton
      • Clifton [Clatsop County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifton
    • Brownsmead [Clatsop County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brownsmead
      • Brownsmead [Clatsop County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brownsmead
  • Columbia County (OR)
    • Rainier [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainier
      • Rainier [Columbia County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,021 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rainier have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainier
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainier<2>
    • Beaver Springs [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver Springs
      • Beaver Springs [Columbia County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver Springs
    • Prescott [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prescott
      • Prescott [Columbia County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 63 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prescott have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prescott
    • Goble [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goble
      • Goble [Columbia County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goble
    • Reuben [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reuben
      • Reuben [Columbia County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reuben
    • Mayger [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayger
      • Mayger [Columbia County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayger
    • Quincy [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quincy
      • Quincy [Columbia County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quincy
    • Deer Island [Columbia County]
    • Clatskanie [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clatskanie
      • Clatskanie [Columbia County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,832 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clatskanie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clatskanie<2>
    • Columbia City [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia City
      • Columbia City [Columbia County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,026 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia City<2>
    • Saint Helens [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Helens
      • Saint Helens [Columbia County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,071 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Helens have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Helens
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Helens<2>
    • Pittsburg [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pittsburg
      • Pittsburg [Columbia County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Kelso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pittsburg
  • Washington County (OR)
    • Buxton [Washington County]
    • Timber [Washington County]
    • Manning [Washington County]
    • Banks [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banks
      • Banks [Washington County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,034 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Banks
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Banks<2>
    • North Plains [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Plains
      • North Plains [Washington County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,194 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Plains
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for North Plains<2>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Kelso, see our County-by-County Page for Kelso.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Kelso ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 74 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kelso.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Kelso. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Kelso and those printed in the larger area surrounding Kelso.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 27 miles [43.5 km] of Kelso.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Kelso:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Oregon
    • Stories from Washington

Cemeteries Near Kelso ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kelso.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Kelso covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens
  • Dibblee House
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dibblee House
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Dibblee House. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dibblee House
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2426176<5>
  • Knights of Pythias Cemetery
  • Rose Valley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rose Valley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rose Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Valley Cemetery
  • Green Mtn. Cemetery
  • Hudson Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Longview Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Longview Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Longview Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longview Memorial Park
    • Mt. Solo Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Solo Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Solo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Solo Cemetery
    • Woodbine Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woodbine Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Woodbine Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Woodbine Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Kelso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodbine Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #495875<5>
    • Prescott Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Prescott Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Prescott Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Prescott Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Kelso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prescott Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #39313<5>
    • Welter Family Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Welter Family Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Welter Family Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Welter Family Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Kelso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welter Family Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2269447<5>
    • Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mt. Pleasant Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
    • Neer City Cemetery
    • Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Kelso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery
    • Mayger Downing Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Kelso had a population of 354 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Kelso had a population of 12,438 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Kelso, with the one closest to Kelso listed first.

  • Kelso [Cowlitz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kelso
    • Kelso [Cowlitz County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Kelso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 354 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,438 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Kelso had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kelso
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kelso<2>
  • Lexington [Cowlitz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lexington
    • Lexington [Cowlitz County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lexington have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lexington
  • Rainier [Columbia County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainier
    • Rainier [Columbia County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Kelso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 238 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,021 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rainier had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rainier have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainier
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainier<2>
  • Carrolls [Cowlitz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrolls
    • Carrolls [Cowlitz County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Kelso
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Carrolls had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrolls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carrolls<2>
  • Castle Rock [Cowlitz County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castle Rock
    • Castle Rock [Cowlitz County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Kelso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 681 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,304 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Castle Rock had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castle Rock
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Castle Rock<2>
  • Reuben [Columbia County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reuben
    • Reuben [Columbia County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Reuben had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reuben
  • Continue List ...
    • Goble [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goble
      • Goble [Columbia County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Goble had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goble
    • Kalama [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalama
      • Kalama [Cowlitz County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 325 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,844 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Kalama had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalama
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalama<2>
    • Mayger [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayger
      • Mayger [Columbia County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mayger had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayger
    • Apiary [Columbia County] - Historic
      • While Apiary was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apiary
      • Apiary [Columbia County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Kelso
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Apiary had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Apiary have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Stella [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stella
      • Stella [Cowlitz County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Stella had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stella have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stella
    • Silver Lake [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Lake
      • Silver Lake [Cowlitz County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Kelso
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Silver Lake had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silver Lake<2>
    • Oak Point [Cowlitz County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Point
      • Oak Point [Cowlitz County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 23 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Oak Point had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Point
    • Clatskanie [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clatskanie
      • Clatskanie [Columbia County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Kelso
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 212 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,832 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Clatskanie had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clatskanie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clatskanie<2>
    • Deer Island [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deer Island
      • Deer Island [Columbia County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Kelso
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Deer Island had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deer Island
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deer Island<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Kelso. See our List of 1890's Communities around Kelso.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Kelso ...

While our initial data about Kelso came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Kelso in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Kelso.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Kelso:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Mobile Oil Map of Washington (1949)
Published by Mobile Oil Company

We have found Kelso in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Kelso for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Kelso. See our Misc Page for Kelso for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Washington

About Cowlitz County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Kelso: www.kelso.gov/

The official website for Cowlitz County: www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Kelso) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kelso. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from KelsoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kelso. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.1445, Longitude: -122.9084    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Kelso, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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