Kelso is a city located in Cowlitz County, Washington. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 11,895. It is the county seat of Cowlitz County.
In March, 1998, 64 houses in the Alderwood development began to shift their location; eventually 129 houses were destroyed by this landslide. Investigation showed that these houses had been built on top of an active landslide area, and heavy rains had set the earth into motion. This disaster at Alderwood led to stricter city zoning ordinances and oversight over geological surveys.
Kelso High School's football team is called the "Highlanders", after the town's Scottish heritage. The successful football team is often referred to as "The Scotties."
Web Sites and Links
City of KelsoInformation about government, police, library, public works, recreation, and lodging.
Cowlitz County Historical MuseumSite includes history, exhibits and events, hours and location.
Northland Guide ServiceSalmon, sturgeon, and steelhead fishing on the Lower Columbia and Cowlitz rivers.