Chehalis Travel Guide

  • Chehalis - Centralia Steam Train in Operation
    Chehalis - Centralia Steam Train in...
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    Houses and Streets of Downtown Chehalis
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    Tourist Map of Chehalis
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Chehalis Things to Do

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

    Located within sight of Interstate 5, the Veterans Memorial Museum has a collection of material going back a long ways, including a few items from the Revolutionary War. The collection covers all branches of the military, with a focus on the local people that served. Examples of a number of different types of guns exist, as well as various military...

  • Chehalis - Centralia Railroad & Museum

    Others have already written extensively about the railroad operation that provides steam train excursions from Chehalis into the logging hills to the west. The trip isn't fast or long (the longest of the trips they currently offer is to Ruth, approximately 18 miles round trip). However, for a non-profit museum group they have done very well, and...

  • East End of Willapa Hills Trail;...

    The Willapa Hills Trail is varied along its length, and this tip only describes the part going west of Chehalis for a short distance. For a more complete summary see my Willapa Hills Trail overview in the state of Washington section. As it is a state trail, the use of a number of the parking areas requires the use of a Discover Pass or day use...

  • Cowlitz, Chehalis & Cascade steam engine...

    Locomotive #15 is a 1916 90-ton Baldwin with 2-8-2 wheel arrangement. Its last working assignment was to pull log trains for the Cowlitz, Chehalis and Cascade Railroad; which operated in the area until the mid 1950's. She was restored to operating condition in the Mt. Rainier's Mineral Shops for use on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad Association...

  • Chehalis-Centralia Railroad

    There are two 12 mile round trips leaving at 1:00 and 3:00 on Saturdays and Sundays in Summer until Labor Day. On Saturday, there is also an extended 18 mile longer trip at 5:00. Fares are $8 on the shorter (1 pm and 3 pm) trips and $11 on the longer run at 5 pm. My external photo album and video click here

  • Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train Ride

    A ride on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad is a pleasant, scenic, and relaxing journey back into history.


Chehalis Hotels

  • Chehalis Inn & Suites

    122 Interstate Ave., Chehalis, Washington, 98532 , United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Chehalis Restaurants

  • Downtown with Traditional Pub Grup

    The food here is fairly typical of what you would expect at any sports bar: Some burger options, and some taco options. The prices are reasonably good, and there are special deals on certain things offered on their Facebook page from time to time.

  • Mexican Food that Isn't Adjusted Much

    Generally in the USA there are two types of Mexican restaurant: 1. Those where Mexicans will eat but others are not accustomed to the food and therefore don't tend to eat there.2. Those that have adjusted the cuisine to attract more of everyone else, but in so doing have made the food in a way that the Mexican population would rather eat...

  • Modern Style with Thai Traditions

    Don't be surprised when you show up at this small downtown Thai restaurant and the waitress hands you a record album. This place is a really interesting mix between stylish American modern and what you would expect from an American Thai restaurant.Yes, the menus are inside old 33 1/3 LP record album covers (see photo 3), while at the same time the...


Chehalis Nightlife

  • Watch out!

    This place has nothing special about it, EXCEPT it is the closest place to the County jail, and therefore, if you want to meet the most recently released inmates, then perhaps it is just right. Otherwise, I would give it a wide berth.

  • Garbe's Tavern

    Cold beer, great burgers and fries, 2 pool tables, gambling (punchboards/pulltabs), and more!Garbe's has some of the coldest and cheapest beer in town ($1.75 pints/$5.50 pitchers of domestics-Bud/Bud Light/MGD/Coors Light/Rainier). Air conditioned for those infrequent hot days in W. Washington.Free peanuts on Fridays! Dress code? In Chehalis??

  • Star Tavern

    $1.00 pint drafts with free peanuts on Wednesdays. A wall full of pulltabs and plenty of free parking!


Chehalis Transportation

  • Twin Transit: Centralia, Chehalis Bus...

    While it is a small transit agency, Twin Transit operates an adequate service for the small communities it serves. There are several bus routes that connect various points in Chehalis and Centralia, plus a "museum express" route that serves the area of Chehalis where the Chehalis - Centralia Steam Train Association has its steam train excursions,...

  • Cheapest Way to Get to Chehalis is by...

    By far the least expensive way to get to Chehalis from the south is by public transit bus. This service is operated by the Lower Columbia Community Action Program. Buses operate between the Vancouver, Washington Salmon Creek Park and Ride lot, Woodland Park and Ride, Longview Transit Center, Kalama, Castle Rock Park and Ride, the Exit 63 Shell...

  • Driving-Interstate 5 about...

    Driving-Interstate 5 about halfway between Seattle and Portland///Train-Twin Transit Bus from Centralia (Amtrak) train depot///Bus-Twin Transit Bus from Centralia Greyhound stop (Mellen Street Texaco Station)You could walk everywhere if you had a few hours or you can take the bus. Driving is also allowed.


Chehalis Local Customs

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    The Anti-Government Billboard on...

    by glabah Updated May 4, 2013

    When Interstate 5 was constructed in the 1960s, it cut right through farmer Alfred Hamilton's land, creating two useless sections of land. With little else to do with it, Mr. Hamilton decided to lease the space for billboards - which then were attacked during the 1960s "Highway Beautification" project initiated by First Lady Johnson. This made him quite upset, as it created two less than useful pieces of land and then attempted to take away the only income potential this land still had (it should be noted that this land was quite rural at the time - as it predated the 1990s sprawl of Chehalis) by eliminating billboard placement on it.

    Mr Hamilton's revenge was to construct his own billboard on one of the less useful pieces of land, and write an ever changing series of anti-government slogans and messages, anti-environmentalist sayings, pro-gun rights messages, and similar other sentiments.

    The original owner died in November of 2004, but his children have now carried on the tradition. Originally, there was some discussion that this might not happen, as not even Hamilton's children necessarily agreed with everything Hamilton put on the sign.

    Unfortunately, these days the signs are (in my opinion and those of others) not quite as entertaining or as thought provoking as they were when Hamilton himself was writing them.

    While the billboard is not quite as tall as the commercial billboards in the area, it is still quite visible as it is located on a sharp curve as Interstate 5 enters the south side of Chehalis. You can't miss it: it is the billboard that has the rather crude Uncle Sam image on it. For that reason it is nicknamed the "Uncle Sam Billboards". The billboard is not lit, however, and so you will not see it at night.

    The message on the north and south sides are different. Once in a while the sign does advertise some local event or institution (such as the food at a particular restaurant that is apparently a favorite of the family) but most of the time the sign continues to complain bitterly against whoever happens to be the selected victim at the time.

    According to an interview with the Oregonian (Portland newspaper), Mr. Hamilton's favorite sentiment expressed was ''Let's keep the Canal and give them Kissinger'' from the 1970s and 1980s Panama Canal negotiations. That same newspaper interview also yielded an interesting insight into Mr. Hamilton's quotes: ''I'm not trying to convert anyone to my way of thinking,'' he said. ''But I want to make people think.''

    In a November 12, 2004 editorial about the billboards upon Mr. Hamilton's death, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was moved to comment "We thought the billboards cranky, but worth looking at...That billboard is what makes America better because it celebrates a founding principle of our nation, the First Amendment. We completely disagree with Hamilton's view of the world, but praise his discourse.''

    Anti-Government Billboard is Institution on I-5
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Chehalis Off The Beaten Path

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    The thermometer/clock on the...

    by drmorf Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The thermometer/clock on the PUD building. The tallest building in town (St. Helens Hotel) is in the background.

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