Raymond is a city in Pacific County, United States. The population decreased 3.1 % to 2,882 at the 2010 census. The town's economy has traditionally been based on logging and fishing, together with a limited amount of tourism. Raymond was incorporated on August 6, 1907. Raymond was named after L. V. Raymond, the first postmaster in Raymond. In the early years, Raymond's business section was built on stilts five or six feet above the tidelands and sloughs that crisscrossed the site. Elevated sidewalks and streets connected most of the buildings. Raymond claimed a population of 6,000 in the year 1913 and had a reputation as a wild and wooly lumber mill town. City fathers resisted the unwanted reputation with promotions of Raymond as "The Empire City of Willapa Harbor" and "The City That Does Things". Lyricist Robert Wells, who wrote "The Christmas Song" with Mel Tormé, was born in Raymond in 1922. Raymond was the city where the grunge band Nirvana played their first gig, on March 7, 1987; the town of Raymond has seen an influx of marijuana manufacturing and agricultural jobs after the passing of Initiative 502 in November 2012, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
Raymond has embraced all aspects of this lucrative, newly-emerging industry by welcoming many new start-up businesses including commercial marijuana grow operations, marijuana-infused goods manufacturing, as well as retail marijuana stores. Raymond is located at 46°40′47″N 123°44′17″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.62 square miles, of which, 4.06 square miles is land and 0.56 square miles is water. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Raymond has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps; as of the census of 2010, there were 2,882 people, 1,151 households, 698 families residing in the city. The population density was 709.9 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,279 housing units at an average density of 315.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 75.9% White, 0.9% African American, 2.5% Native American, 6.8% Asian, 10.1% from other races, 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.2% of the population.
There were 1,151 households of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, 39.4% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.10. The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,975 people, 1,192 households, 760 families residing in the city; the population density was 776.4 people per square mile. There were 1,338 housing units at an average density of 349.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 83.70% White, 0.24% African American, 2.72% Native American, 7.06% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 3.16% from other races, 2.96% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population. 12.0% were of English, 11.6% German, 7.6% Irish, 6.0% American and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. There were 1,192 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.2% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.00. In the city, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $25,759, the median income for a family was $33,984. Males had a median income of $29,402 versus $24,647 for females.
The per capita income for the city was $13,910. About 17.2% of families and 24.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over. Willapa Bay Steamboats of Willapa Bay Raymond Theater Pacific County Historical Society History of Raymond at HistoryLink
Washington State Department of Transportation
The Washington State Department of Transportation was established in 1905. The agency, led by a Secretary and overseen by the Governor, is a Washington governmental agency that constructs and regulates the use of the state's transportation infrastructure. WSDOT is responsible for more than 20,000 lane-miles of roadway, nearly 3,000 vehicular bridges and 524 other structures; this infrastructure includes rail lines, state highways, state ferries and state airports WSDOT was founded as the Washington State Highway Board and the Washington State Highways Department on March 13, 1905, when then-governor Albert Mead signed a bill that gave $110,000 USD to fund new roads that linked the state. The State Highway Board was managed by State Treasurer, State Auditor, Highway Commissioner Joseph M. Snow and the Board first met on April 17, 1905 to plan the 12 original state roads; the first state highway districts, each managed by a District Engineer, were established in 1918. During this period, the construction of highways began.
In 1921, the State Highway Board was replaced by the Washington Highway Committee and the Washington State Highways Department became a division of the Washington State Department of Public Works. The first gas tax was levied and Homer Hadley started planning a pontoon bridge across Lake Washington, which would become the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, which opened on July 2, 1940. In 1923, the State Highways Department separated from the Public Works Department and organized the first official system of highways, Washington's state road system. In 1926, the U. S. government approved the U. S. route system. 11 U. S. Routes entered Washington at the time. In 1929, the Highway Committee was merged with the State Highways Department; the Lake Washington Floating Bridge and the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened in 1940. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed because of winds on November 7, 1940, earning it the name Galloping Gertie. On June 29, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, which started the Interstate Highway System.
2 Interstates entered Washington. Starting in 1961, the Interstate Highways started to be built. There were 2 more Interstates to build and most work was not completed until the 1970s. In 1964, the Highways Department was renamed to WSDOT and the state highways were renumbered to the current system. Metro Transit was created in 1972 and work on highways continued fast; the North Cascades Highway was completed in 1972 and the first HOV lanes in Washington were installed on SR 520 in 1972. The Washington State Transportation Commission was established in 1977 and the first meeting was held on September 21, 1977. On February 13, 1979, the western pontoons of the Hood Canal Bridge were swept away by a wind storm. In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted and caused damage to many state highways SR 504; the Hood Canal Replacement Bridge opened on October 3, 1982 and the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge collapsed on November 25, 1990. In 1991, a smaller renumbering of state highways occurred; the renumbering produced either realigned or removed highways from the system.
In 1996, Sound Transit was formed and in the same year, the Washington State Transportation Commission adopted its first 20-year transportation plan. Throughout the 1990s, WSDOT focused more and more on rail systems and partnered with Amtrak to make a train route that went from Canada to Oregon, which would become the Amtrak Cascades; the 2001 Nisqually earthquake damaged most state highways around the Seattle metropolitan area and most of the budget was turned over to the Puget Sound region to help rebuild and repair roads and bridges. WSDOT divides Washington into 6 regions, the Olympic, Northwest Southwest, North Central, South Central, Eastern; the Northwest Region is further divided into 3 more regions, which are King County, Snohomish County, Baker. WSDOT is overseen by the Governor of Washington, who appoints a Secretary of Transportation, confirmed by the state legislature; the last Secretary of Transportation was Lynn Peterson, who served on an interim basis until February 5, 2016, when her appointment under Governor Jay Inslee was rejected by the Washington State Senate during the confirmation process.
Deputy Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar was appointed as Acting Secretary of Transportation by Governor Inslee on February 10, 2016. WSDOT manages the official ferry service in Washington. WSDOT's ferry service, called Washington State Ferries, is the largest in the United States and third largest in the world. Ferries had been in the Puget Sound since the 1950s. There are 10 routes and 22 ferries operating. WSDOT began operating the Travel Washington intercity Bus program in 2007. There are four lines: Grape Line, from Pasco to Walla Walla, operated by Airporter Shuttle/Bellair Charters Dungeness Line, from Port Angeles to Seattle, operated by Olympic Bus Lines. Apple Line, from Omak to Ellensburg via Wenatchee, operated by Northwestern Trailways Gold Line, from Kettle Falls to Spokane, operated by Airporter Shuttle/Bellair Charters There are about 250 projects that WSDOT is planning or constructing; some of the most notable projects that were finished include the Tacoma Narrows Bridge project, which built a second bridge adjacent to the original bridge, the SR 167 HOT lanes project, which added HOT lanes over SR 167's existing HOV lanes from the SR 18 area to 180th Street, the I-5 HOV extensions project, which extended the HOV lanes in Everett from the I-5/SR 99/SR 526/SR 527 interchange to the I-5/US 2/SR 529 Spur interchange.
Some of th
Chehalis is a city in Lewis County, United States. The population was 7,259 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Lewis County. Chehalis began as a settlement around a warehouse beside a railroad track in 1873, when the Northern Pacific Railroad built northward from Kalama to Tacoma, ignored Claquato the county seat three miles to the west. After the Northern Pacific bypassed Claquato, the county seat was moved to Chehalis, leaving Claquato little more than a historical landmark. By 1874, a store was added to the warehouse, several houses were constructed; the new town was first named Saundersville, for S. S. Saunders, on whose donation land claim it was founded. In 1879, the name was changed to Chehalis, named after the Chehalis people. Chehalis was incorporated on November 23, 1883. Logging soon began in the nearby forests. Lumber workers of Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Scots-Irish descent arrived and settled in the neighboring valleys. In 1940, the chief local industries were: dairying, poultry raising, fruit growing, milk condensing and vegetable packing and tile manufacturing, coal mining, portable house manufacturing, fern shipping.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.55 square miles, of which, 5.53 square miles is land and 0.02 square miles is water. The city straddles Interstate 5 at a point exactly halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon; the historic downtown and most of the city's amenities lie on the east side of the freeway, nestled at the base of a small range of forested hills. On the west side of the freeway are parks, a few subdivisions developed in the hills to the west. A small airport is located west of the freeway towards the northern end of the city. From numerous vantage points in the hills just west of town, one can see Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens—weather permitting. Chehalis is a frequented stop by bicyclists while on the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic; the Chehalis River winds its way through the valley in which the city resides, is there joined by a tributary, the Newaukum River. Both rivers are prone to flooding during periods of abnormally heavy or persistent rain, the lowlands from the freeway westward are susceptible to inundation.
This region experiences warm and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Chehalis has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps; as of the census of 2010, there were 7,259 people, 2,868 households, 1,655 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,312.7 inhabitants per square mile. There were 3,131 housing units at an average density of 566.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 87.0% White, 1.7% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.7% from other races, 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.6% of the population. There were 2,868 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 42.3% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age in the city was 33.5 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 7,057 people, 2,671 households, 1,696 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,259.0 people per square mile. There were 2,871 housing units at an average density of 512.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.56% White, 1.35% African American, 1.46% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 3.95% from other races, 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.91% of the population. 18.4% were of German, 11.0% English, 11.0% American and 8.4% Irish ancestry. There were 2,671 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.5% were non-families.
30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.06. In the city, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $33,482, the median income for a family was $41,387. Males had a median income of $32,289 versus $24,414 for females; the per capita income for the city was $15,944. About 16.0% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over. The city was known as "The Maple-Leaf City" due to the shape of th
U.S. Route 12 in Washington
U. S. Route 12 is a major east-west U. S. Highway, running from Aberdeen, Washington, to Detroit, Michigan, it spans 430.80 miles across the state of Washington, is the only numbered highway to span the entire state from west to east, starting near the Pacific Ocean, crossing the Idaho state line near Clarkston. It crosses the Cascade Range over White Pass, south of Mount Rainier National Park. Portions of it are concurrent with Interstate 5 and Interstate 82, although the majority of the route does not parallel any Interstate Highway. Although US 12 was not extended into Washington until 1967, portions of it have been part of Washington's state highway system since as early as 1905; the last part of the highway to open was over White Pass in 1951, although it was added to the state highway system by the legislature in 1931. Most of the route had been part of the U. S. Highway System since its inception in 1926 as part of U. S. Route 410; the portion between Napavine and Grand Mound was designated a U.
S. Highway in 1926 as part of U. S. Route 99. U. S. Route 12 begins in Aberdeen on a pair of one-way streets, Heron Street eastbound and Wishkah Street westbound. At its western terminus, US 12 intersects US 101, which goes west along Heron and Wishkah, south across Grays Harbor to the south side of Aberdeen; the eastbound and westbound lanes of US 12 merge just east of the Wishkah River, near the Grays Harbor Historic Seaport. US 12 leaves Aberdeen to the east along the Chehalis River, where it passes through the towns of Central Park and Montesano. Between Aberdeen and Elma, US 12 is four lanes wide; the majority of the highway in Washington, however, is a rural two-lane road. In the town of Elma, US 12 exits the highway at a diamond interchange. From there, the main highway continues east to Olympia as State Route 8, US 12 heads southeast towards Oakville and Rochester. East of Oakville, US 12 runs north of the Chehalis Indian Reservation, it continues east through the town of Rochester, interchanges with I-5 at exit 88 in the town of Grand Mound.
US 12 continues south concurrent with I-5 through Chehalis and Centralia before exiting again at exit 68 south of Napavine. The highway heads east along the Cowlitz River and passes through the town of Mossyrock, where it intersects SR 122. East of Mossyrock, US 12 runs just north of Riffe Lake. In the town of Morton, it intersects SR 7, it ascends the Cascade Range, passing south of Mount Rainier, intersects SR 123, which serves the Stevens Canyon entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Twelve miles east of this intersection, US 12 crosses the Cascades over White Pass at an elevation of 4,500 feet. White Pass is the only crossing of the Cascades open year-round between I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and SR 14 through the Columbia River Gorge. After it descends the mountains, US 12 intersects SR 410 west of Naches, which serves Chinook Pass, Cayuse Pass, the White River entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. East of Naches, US 12 widens once again to four lanes. There, it has an interchange with I-82 and US 97 at exit 31.
US 12 runs concurrently with I-82, bypassing the towns of Toppenish and Prosser and paralleling the Yakima River, until exit 102 near the Tri-Cities. At exit 102, it meets the western terminus of Interstate 182. US 12 and I-182 run concurrently east over Goose Gap and through the Tri-Cities. In Pasco, I-182 ends, US 12 intersects US 395. US 12 heads south to the town of Wallula, intersecting US 730 east to Walla Walla, north to Dodge, east to Clarkston before crossing the Idaho state line over the Snake River just outside Lewiston. US 12 through Walla Walla consists of a four-lane bypass known as Inland Empire Highway; the alignment of US 12 through Walla Walla County passes by a number of historical landmarks, such as Whitman Mission and Fort Walla Walla. The Washington State Legislature created the State Highway Board in 1905 and appropriated funds to construct—but not maintain—twelve highways in sparsely settled areas of the state. Main highways in more populated areas would continue to be under county control, though sometimes built with 50% state aid.
Six of these highways were east-west crossings of the Cascades, including one in the corridor served by U. S. Route 12—State Road 5, the Cowlitz Pass State Road, climbing east from a point near Salkum via the Cowlitz River, over Cowlitz Pass, down towards Yakima. A 1907 amendment renamed State Road 5 the Cowlitz-Natches Road, moved the Cascade crossing north to Carlton Pass, defined the portion east of the pass to follow the Bumping River and Naches River to a point near Naches. East of the mouth of the American River, this replaced part of State Road 1, defined in 1897 to cross the Cascades north of Chinook Pass and included in the 1905 appropriations. Under a 1909 law, the State Highway Board surveyed a connected network of proposed state roads. Included was a westerly extension of SR 5 via Chehalis to South Bend and Aberdeen and an easterly extension to Pullman. A route from Yakima southeast and east via the Tri-Cities to Idaho was surveyed as an extension of State Road 8; the legislature added most of these routes to the state highway system in 1913, when they formed a two-tiered system of primary and secondary roads.
Primary roads were controlled by the state, including maintenance, received only names, while secondary roads kept their numbers and county maintenance. The National Park Highway replaced State Road 5 w
Washington's 6th congressional district
Washington's 6th congressional district encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula, most of the city of Tacoma. The 6th District has been represented in the U. S. House of Representatives by Derek Kilmer, a Democrat from Artondale, since January 2013, he succeeded 36-year incumbent and fellow Democrat Norm Dicks, at the time the dean of the Washington delegation. Established after the 1930 U. S. Census, the 6th District is a working class district, with many of its jobs provided by tourism and a declining timber industry on the Pacific and Juan de Fuca coasts, by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Presidentially, the 6th leans Democratic, it was one of only two districts retained by the Democrats in the Republican wave of 1994. Al Gore and John Kerry carried the district in 2000 and 2004 with 52% and 53% of the vote, respectively. Barack Obama swept the district in 2008 with 57% of the vote. United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2008 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012 Martis, Kenneth C..
The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Martis, Kenneth C.. The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present Washington State Redistricting Commission Find your new congressional district: a searchable map, Seattle Times, January 13, 2012
Pacific County, Washington
Pacific County is a county located in the U. S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,920, its county seat is South Bend, its largest city is Raymond. The county was formed by the government of Oregon Territory in February 1851 and is named for the Pacific Ocean. Pacific County is centered on Willapa Bay, a region that provides twenty-five percent of the United States oyster harvest, although forestry and tourism are significant elements of the county's economy; the area that now comprises Pacific County was part of Oregon Territory in the first part of the nineteenth century. On December 19, 1845, the Provisional Government of Oregon created two counties in its northern portion. In 1849, the name of Vancouver County was changed to Lewis County, on February 4, 1851, a portion of Lewis County was partitioned off to become Pacific County; this county's boundaries have not changed since its creation. The unincorporated community of Oysterville, established in 1852, was the first county seat.
The county seat was moved to South Bend in 1893. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,223 square miles, of which 933 square miles is land and 291 square miles is water. Cape Disappointment Columbia River Long Beach Peninsula Long Island Willapa Bay U. S. Route 101 State Route 6 Grays Harbor County – north Lewis County – east Wahkiakum County – southeast Clatsop County, Oregon – south Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks Willapa National Wildlife Refuge As of the census of 2000, there were 20,984 people, 9,096 households, 5,885 families residing in the county; the population density was 22 people per square mile. There were 13,991 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 90.54% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 2.44% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.83% from other races, 2.82% from two or more races. 5.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.0% were of German, 10.8% English, 8.8% Irish and 8.6% United States or American ancestry.
There were 9,096 households out of which 23.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.30% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.77. In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 21.20% from 25 to 44, 28.90% from 45 to 64, 22.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males. The median income for a household in the county was $31,209, the median income for a family was $39,302. Males had a median income of $33,892 versus $22,982 for females; the per capita income for the county was $17,322. About 9.10% of families and 14.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.70% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,920 people, 9,499 households, 5,707 families residing in the county. The population density was 22.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 15,547 housing units at an average density of 16.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 87.4% white, 2.3% American Indian, 2.0% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 4.4% from other races, 3.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.4% were German, 13.8% were English, 11.9% were Irish, 7.6% were American, 6.2% were Norwegian, 5.8% were Swedish. Of the 9,499 households, 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.9% were non-families, 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.72. The median age was 50.8 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,642 and the median income for a family was $51,450. Males had a median income of $44,775 versus $34,538 for females; the per capita income for the county was $23,326. About 12.4% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over. Pacific County, along with neighboring Grays Harbor County, has been one of the most Democratic counties in the nation. In 2016, the county, like Grays Harbor County, broke its long streak of backing the Democratic candidate for president, voting for Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Ilwaco Long Beach Raymond South Bend Bay Center Chinook Lebam Naselle Ocean Park Tokeland Willapa Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company National Register of Historic Places listings in Pacific County, Washington Steamboats of Willapa Bay Astoria-Megler Ferry Willapa Bay Pacific County, official county site Media related to Pacific County, Washington at Wikimedia Commons
Chehalis River (Washington)
The Chehalis River is a river in Washington in the United States. It originates in several forks in southwestern Washington, flows east north west, in a large curve, before emptying into Grays Harbor, an estuary of the Pacific Ocean, it was once much larger during the Ice Age when the tongue of the glacial ice sheet covering the Puget Sound terminated near Olympia and glacial runoff formed a large torrest of meltwater. This carved a large oversized valley, much larger than the current river could have produced; the river's mouth was out near current Westport until rising sea levels at the end of the ice age flooded the broad Chehalis Valley to for a ria, known today as Grays Harbor. The Chehalis River begins at the confluence of the West Fork Chehalis River and East Fork Chehalis River, in southwestern Lewis County. From there the Chehalis flows north and east, collecting tributary streams that drain the Willapa Hills and other low mountains of southwestern Washington; the South Fork Chehalis River joins the main river a few miles west of the city of Chehalis.
The Newaukum River joins the Chehalis River at Chehalis, after which the river turns north, flowing by the city of Centralia, where the Skookumchuck River joins. After Centralia, the Chehalis River flows north and west, collecting tributaries such as the Black River, which drains the Black Hills to the north in the Chehalis Gap collects the Satsop River and Wynoochee River, which drain the southern part of the Olympic Mountains; the Wynoochee River joins the Chehalis near Montesano, after which the Chehalis River becomes affected by tides and widens into Grays Harbor estuary. The city of Aberdeen lies at the mouth of the Chehalis River. Just east of Aberdeen, the Wishkah River joins the Chehalis, just west, between Aberdeen and Hoquiam, the Hoquiam River joins. At this point the river has become Grays Harbor. Before the estuary of Grays Harbor empties into the Pacific Ocean, the Humptulips River joins. During the Great Coastal Gale of 2007, a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 was closed between exits 68 and 88 because of flooding from the Chehalis River, causing the roadway to be under about 10 feet of water.
The recommended detour added about 280 miles. It was not expected to reopen for several days. However, upon breaching a dike on Dec. 5, 2007, the water receded more than anticipated. Amtrak train service between Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia, was disrupted. Washington governor Chris Gregoire declared a state of emergency on December 3. During the January 7, 2009, Pacific Northwest storms, a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 was closed between exits 68 and 88 because of flooding from the Chehalis River, causing the roadway to be under several feet of water. Since the main east/west mountain passes were closed during this event, the flooding from the Chehalis River cut off traffic to the Puget Sound area and no detour was available. List of Washington rivers Chehalis River Council USGS Chehalis River Basin map USGS Chehalis River Basin schematic diagram U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Fork Chehalis River, USGS, GNIS U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Fork Chehalis River, USGS, GNIS U.
S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Fork Chehalis River, USGS, GNIS Interstate 5 near Chehalis shut down indefinitely