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Cowlitz Encounters

Do you know what a Shay locomotive sounds like? Or a Mikado? Have you ever seen film footage of the 1933, 1948, and 1996 floods?  Or of men and women working in the Longview Fibre and Weyerhaeuser mills?  Do you recognize the smell of cedar? Would you like to hear a pioneer family story?  Would you like to see hundreds of items relating to Cowlitz County history including Hulda Klager’s dress and a teacup that survived the 1902 Yacolt fire?

Yes, all of these can be seen in Cowlitz Encounters, the museum’s new long-term exhibit. You’ll see all of this plus historic video and pictures on 7 screens!




Badges, Bandits, & Booze
Don't miss this interesting exhibit showing the history of local law enforcement... Badges, Bandits, & Booze. Sheriff Deputy Darren Ullmann curated this extremely interesting exhibit that includes a moonshine still, an early "lie detector", hand cuffs, and many other tools of the trade. Also, many pictures are on display from the early days to current times.

Cowlitz County Museum

Cowlitz County Museum

Cowlitz County Museum

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Joseph Govednik
Museum Director

405 Allen St.
Kelso, WA 98626

Ph: 360-577-3119 

711 or 800-833-6384
Washington Relay

Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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