A listing of publications about Cowlitz Co., WA history, locations, and families, including information on purchasing (when available).

Inventory of the County Archives of Washington. No. 8. Cowlitz County (Kelso). Seattle, WA: The Washington Historical Records Survey, September 1942.

Boswell, H. James. American Blue Book Western Washington. Seattle, Lowman and Hanford Co., 1922. Dewey #B.3 B6572A.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Erickson, Kenneth A. Lumber Ghosts: A Travel Guide to the Historic Lumber Towns of the Pacific Northwest. Boulder, Pruett Publishing Co., 1994. pp. 44-85. Dewey#917.95044 ERICKSO 1994.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Fields of Flowers and Forests of Firs: A History of the Woodland Community 1850 - 1958. Rev. 1999 by Judy Card.

An online, indexed version of this history is available online at: http://www.lewisriver.com/jcard1.html. Judy transcribed this book several years ago and republished it. The online copy is searchable; the printed version does not have an index but has been revised for easier reading and is availble from Judy by e-mail.

History of Stella, Oak Point, Eufaula, Coal Creek, and surroundings areas. Collected and compiled by members of Stella Historical Society. Longview, Wash., The Society, 1989. Dewey#979.788 H62908.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan. I am not sure if this book is still available for purchase - if it is, please let me know and I will post the information here.

Hunt, Herbert and Floyd C. Kaylor. Washington: West of the Cascades. 3 vols. Chicago, S. J. Publishing Co., 1917. Dewey#979.7 H912W.

The first volume contains a basic history of western Washington, with a section devoted to Cowlitz Co. The remainder of Vol. 1 and all of Vol. 2 and 3 are biographies. This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan. (Note: I have extracted all of the Cowlitz Co.-related biographies I could find in this book; see the Cowlitz Co. Biographies page for a listing).

Jackson, Leland. Early Castle Rock and North Cowlitz County, Washington.. Trudy Howarth, Ed. 2001.

This book is available through the Cowlitz Co. Museum Store.

McClelland, John M., Jr. R. A. Long's Planned City: The Story of Longview. ISBN 0-9664877-1-0.

This book is an update to the earlier version of the same title, published in 1976. A full description of this book is available at the Cowlitz Co. Historical Society website. Copies can be ordered directly from the Society.

Meany, Edmond S. Origin of Washington Place Names. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1923. I have transcribed the Cowlitz County locations from this book.

Olson, Hattie V. Cowlitz County, Washington, 1854-1947. Kelso, Kelsonian-Tribune, 1947. Dewey#917.975 OL8C.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Ott, Ruth and Dorothy York. History of Cowlitz County, Washington. Kelso, Cowlitz Co. Historical Society, 1983. Dewey#979.788 H629.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan. I am not sure if this book is still available for purchase - if it is, please let me know and I will post the information here.

Ramsey, Guy Reed. Postmarked Washington: Lewis and Cowlitz Counties. Chehalis, Lewis Co. Historical Society, 1978. Dewey #979.782 R149P.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Ratcliffe, Susan Kellar. MICHAEL KELLAR AND CATHARINE MONROE OF FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1760 - 2002. Published by the author, 2002. Library of Congress Number 2002114138.

Information from the author: "I've just completed a 700-page Kellar genealogy which lists numerous Cowlitz Co., WA residents. The family of Lloyd and Leanna Tilton Kellar (both born in 1853 in Noble Co., OH) moved to Wisconsin and on to Columbia Co., Oregon and Cowlitz Co., Washington about 1920. They have more than 464 descendants. The book begins in VA in 1760 with Lloyd's great-grandfather - it will be mailed out in early December representing 30 years of research. It includes the most recent news of - Ruth Kellar, Grand Marshal. Rainier Days in the Park, "Rockin' on the Riverside," Rainier, OR - July 11-14, 2002."

Summers, Camilla G. Go to the Cowlitz, Peter Crawford : a biography of a Northwest pioneer surveyor. Kelso, Summers Books, 1978. Dewey#979.788 Su64G.

This book can be found in several Washington state libraries, including the Seattle Public Library. It may be available through Interlibrary Loan. I am not sure if this book is still available for purchase - if it is, please let me know and I will post the information here.

Urrutia, Virginia. They Came to Six Rivers: The Story of Cowlitz County. Cowlitz County, WA Historical Society, 2001. ISBN#0-9667426-0-5.

A full description of this book is available at the Cowlitz Co. Historical Society website. Copies can be ordered directly from the Society - prices are $34 (hardcover) and $24 (softcover).

See also the listing on the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society website - in addition to books in their library, they also have several publications for sale, including cemetery, naturalization, marriage and probate records.