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Castle Rock
Cowlitz County, Washington


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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Washington state capital is Olympia.
The population of Castle Rock is approximately 2,067 (1990), 1982 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 842 (1990), 784 (2010).
The amount of land area in Castle Rock is 3.148 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Castle Rock to Washington DC is 2478 miles.
The distance to the Washington state capital is 53 miles. (as the crow flies)
Castle Rock is positioned 46.27 degrees north of the equator and 122.90 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Castle Rock elevation is 59 feet above sea level.


on Interstate 5 just north of the Oregon border
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History & History Related Items

The Cowlitz Indians and the Hudson Bay Traders both used a local landmark, Castle Rock, to find their way in the area. People were in the area as early as 1832. Cedar shingles were first produced here using the Western red cedar, which is abundant in this area. On the Cowlitz River, Castle Rock was a major steamboat port and also a trading center for the farms in the valley.
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The settling of Castle Rock



Mount St. Helens Cinedome Theater
Phone: 360-274-8000

Castle Rock Exhibit Hall/Museum
147 Front Ave NW
P.O. Box 721
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Phone: 360-274-6603
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Castle Rock City Government

Castle Rock Water Treatment Plant
204 Cowlitz St W # B
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Phone: 360-274-4894

Castle Rock Historical Events

1929 - 2002
Keele, Arthur Lee and Hooper, Amanda Jane
Came to Castle Rock in 1929
My great grandparents, Arthur Lee Keele, b. 2 April 1890 and Amanda Jane Hooper, b. 24 November 1892, both born in Williamsville, Wayne County, Missouri. Married in Herculaneum, Jefferson County, Missouri on 25 April 1909, came to Castle Rock from the Redmond, Oregon area About 1929.

Arthur Lee Keele was a Locomotive Engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad in the local area.

Amanda was the original owner and operated of the "Box Car Diner" on the main street of Castle Rock. The name came from its origin, it was a railroad box car transformed into a working diner. After the new building was built in the shopping mall of Castle Rock, Esther Marie (Keele) Lafady, took over the family business and operated the "The Diner". The Diner was separate in order to accommodate a beauty saloon for Clarence and Esther's daughter Clarice. Two doors down Clarence owned and operated the Castle Rock Laundry.

Children of Arthur and Amanda:
ESTHER MARIE KEELE, b. 1 Oct 1913, Springfield, MO. d. 25 Jan 1980, Castle Rock. Married Frances Kenneth Clark 22 Nov 1929, Longview, WA. Kenneth died 5 July 1933 in Longview. Married Clarence David Lafady, 1936 in Cathlamet, WA.

ENNIS LEE KEELE, b. 8 Jan 1916 in Creswell, OR, d. 21 July 1995 in Creswell, Oregon.

MELVIN EUGENE KEELE, 8 Mar 1919 in Los Angeles, CA, d. 15 Dec 1994, Longview, WA.

CARL CECIL KEELE, b. 16 Jan 1921 in Oregon, d. 27 Sep 1968 in Culp Creek, Oregon.

LAWRENCE ELDEN KEELE, b, 7 Feb 1922 in Oregon.

Castle Rock Chamber

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
147 Front Ave NW
P.O. Box 721
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Phone: 360-274-6603

Castle Rock Organizations

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
147 Front Ave NW
P.O. Box 721
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Phone: 360-274-6603

Castle Rock Libraries

Castle Rock Library
137 Cowlitz St W
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Phone: 360-274-6961

Castle Rock Schools

Castle Rock Superintendent's Office
700 Huntington Ave S
Castle Rock, WA 98611-8902
Phone: 360-274-8311

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