Cathlamet, Washington

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Cathlamet is a town in Wahkiakum County, Washington, United States. The population was 565 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wahkiakum County[3].



From time immemorial, Cathlamet was the largest, or one of the largest, villages of Columbia River Indians west of the Cascade Mountains.[4] This village of cedar houses included 300-400 inhabitants when visited by Lewis and Clark.

In 1846, James Birnie became the first permanent white settler at Cathlamet, moving there after a career with the Hudson's Bay Company. He set up a trading post, remnants of which were reported still standing in 1906.

Cathlamet was officially incorporated on February 18, 1907. In 1938, the Julia Butler Hansen Bridge was built to carry what is now State Route 409 across the Columbia River's Cathlamet Channel to Puget Island.


Cathlamet is located at 46°12′14″N 123°23′2″W / 46.20389°N 123.38389°W / 46.20389; -123.38389 (46.203767, -123.383838).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Cathlamet is connected across the Columbia River to Westport, Oregon via SR 409 and the county-operated Wahkiakum County Ferry.



As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 565 people, 246 households, and 138 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,426.2 people per square mile (545.4/km²). There were 278 housing units at an average density of 701.7/sq mi (268.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.16% White, 0.53% African American, 1.59% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

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