It was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson who, by commissioning the Lewis and Clark Expedition , was instrumental in the exploration of the Pacific Northwest. Jefferson County has a total area of 2, square miles; 1, square miles of land and square miles of water. Approximately 60 percent of the county comprises the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest; another 20 percent is under the jurisdiction of other federal and state agencies. The boundary lines were determined by the Washington Territorial legislature in The county seat is Port Townsend.
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Loggers cleared the dense forests and fed sprawling mills and thriving company towns. Even before the mills went out of business, the U. In , an estimated , people lived there. First Peoples. The first residents of the land and islands between Puget Sound and Hood Canal were called Suquamish after the name of their principal village, Suqua, on Agate Passage opposite the north end of Bainbridge Island. They spoke the South Coast Salish or Salishan language and lived in permanent settlements consisting of large communal longhouses built of cedar and sunk several feet into the ground. During the summer months, when fleas often infested the long houses, families foraged along the beaches, rivers, lakes, and uplands to fish, gather shellfish, roots and berries, and to hunt.
The city of Longview is located at the confluence of the Cowlitz and the Columbia rivers in western Cowlitz County, 66 miles upriver from the Pacific Ocean and 67 miles south of Olympia, the state capital. Financed by Kansas City timber baron Robert Alexander Long , president of Long-Bell Lumber Company, it was at the time the largest planned city ever to have been built entirely with private funds. Longview's principal function was to support a giant lumber mill that Long-Bell planned to construct on the 14,acre town site.
It is located in the Northgate neighborhood on Interstate 5 , adjacent to Northgate Way and the Northgate Transit Center , a future light rail station. Northgate opened in as one of the first modern shopping centers to be built in the post-war United States. The mall was developed by Allied Stores and was initially an open-air facility until being renovated in the s.