Perhaps the largest revitalization of all in Lewis County continues in Toledo, where citizens have banded together to reinvigorate their town for the past five years. This quaint settlement on the banks of the Cowlitz River honors its tribal heritage, much of which can be seen throughout the town.
Fishermen look to Toledo and points east as prime spot from which to start their expeditions for the day; salmon and steelhead abound in the Cowlitz.
Check out the brand-new Toledo Community Library, a volunteer-run reading center powered by books and resources donated by the general community. The library now features a history room that interprets the heritage of the area.
While you’re in town, also stop by the Veterans Wall of Honor, which pays tribute to more than 400 veterans of foreign wars. The Wall is located at the Toledo City Park, at the intersection of 6th and Cedar streets.
The City of Toledo is also known as the Gateway to Mount St. Helens, serving as the perfect spot to refuel or grab a bite to eat on your way to see one of America’s most unique landscapes.
How to get there: From Interstate 5, take either Exit 60 or 63 and proceed east into Toledo, just a few miles off the freeway. Toledo is also accessible from the southeast via State Route 505, which connects to Spirit Lake Memorial Highway and points of interest in the Mount St. Helens area.
Find out more about the history of Toledo! Watch this brief video to learn a bit about how Toledo came to be, and discover its importance to our region.