Making its home in the Cowlitz County of Washington, Longview has a population of 36,648 and was settled in 1850s. It was not incorporated until Feb. 14, 1924. First settled by European Americans in 1849, Longview was the location from Mount Coffin and native ancestral burial ground for the local indigenous people. Now it is home to the headquarters of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. However, according to the 2010 census, Longview has a predominantly white population with under two per cent of the population being Native American.
Because Longview has easy access to the Columbia River, Interstate 5 and all the railways on the West Coast, Manufacturing has played a large role in the economy of the city accounting for nearly 20 per cent of jobs. Longview ranked on a 2012 Forbes list of the prettiest cities in the United States, and is the gateway to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the latter of which is increasingly playing a larger role in the area’s economic growth. Longview is also home to the Nutty Narrows Bridge. The bridge, built in 1963 by Almos Peters, was the only bridge in the world designed strictly for the use of squirrels for a long time. Peters built the bridge and ’63 to help avoid squirrel casualties on the busy streets below. In 2011, Longview started an annual festival, Squirrel Fest, at which a new squirrel bridge is unveiled every year.
Keeping true for the cities passion for squirrels, Longview has many parks and recreation facilities all throughout, the most popular being Lake Sacajawea. However, there are dozens of walking trails, sports fields and dog-friendly areas for residents and tourists to visit. The Longview Country Club and Mint Valley are two of the more popular golf courses in the area. Come visit Longview, WA for the beautiful scenery and meet the wonderful locals.