1890 – 1898


Census shows 9,325 people residing in Chehalis County.

June – The Washingtonian issues first weekly edition.

August 15 – Hotel Hoquiam opens.

November 14 – Olympia named capitol of Washington State.

December 5 – First brick building in county nears completion in Montesano.


January 16 – Northern Pacific Railroad reaches Montesano.

August 7 – 1,400 wharf running from shore to the wrecked Abercorn nears completion to begin salvaging railroad steel.


Citizens of Aberdeen band together to lay railroad into town with rail salvaged from the Abercorn. Sam Benn gives a lot for each man who donates 10 days labor on the railroad. 160 lots were given away.


January 15 – First train (carry gravel for the track) arrives in Aberdeen.

April 1 – 700 people and a brass band gather in Aberdeen to celebrate the arrival of the first passenger train.


August 23 – Cornerstone laid for Westport lighthouse.


June 30 – Westport Lighthouse is put into service.

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Visit our office
Market & K St (K St Entrance)

Volunteers are in the office Thursday and Friday from 1-4 pm and during Aberdeen First Fridays from 5-8 pm.

PO Box 722
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
(360) 533-1976

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