THE HEART OF LEWIS COUNTY

"Mossy Rock"

Come Join Us!

The Mossyrock Area Historical Society is a group of friendly and interested folks who celebrate and share the local history of the area. Mossyrock is the heart of Lewis County, nestled between two beautiful man-made lakes on Highway 12.


Settlement of the Mossyrock area began in earnest after the first bridge over the Cowlitz Gorge was commissioned in 1879. Mossyrock area settlement was established on the Klickitat Prairie, the home of the Upper Cowlitz Tribe beginning in the 1850’s. When approaching the prairie, a 200’ hill with a huge moss-covered rock greeted those who first arrived during early settlement. The prominence of the rock feature resulted in the village to be christened as “Mossy Rock.”

The Cowlitz Tribe were never offered a reservation and participated in pioneer settlement culture, attending schools, and working in local industries. A few moved to the Yakima or Chehalis Reservations, and also moved onto houseboats in the downstream Cowlitz River Kelso area. They finally became a federally recognized tribe on Febuary 14th, 2000.
The area is rich in timber history, hop production, farming, and now blueberry and Christmas Tree production. Several local communities, a part of the Mossyrock area, were lost due to the construction of the Mayfield and Mossyrock Dams in the 1960s, but tourism has since resulted in several generations of many families seasonly enjoying lake activities.

DISCOVER LOCAL HISTORY

We meet @ 5:00 in the Mossyrock Community Center the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome!
$10 annual calendar membership
$100 annual business membership
$200 lifetime membership
It’s Free to be a guest

JOIN US IN OUR EFFORTS TO COLLECT, PRESERVE, AND CHRONICLE OUR HERITAGE.