Longview City Hall is located at 1525 Broadway, Longview, WA 98632.
Longview is located at the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers.
The City of Longview has a unique history as a planned city in the early 1920s. At the time, the land was largely rural farmland and virgin forest. The nearest town of Kelso had a population of 2,000. In 1921, Robert Alexander Long (1850-1937), a lumber baron, a philanthropist, and president of Long‑Bell Lumber Company in Kansas City, bought up vast tracts of land in and around the yet to be named Longview to build a lumber mill.
Recognizing that he needed an infrastructure to support the anticipated 10,000 employees, Long planned out a city, and began building. By the end of 1923, Long's company had constructed 357 buildings, including the Hotel Monticello. Remarkably, the rural farmland had been transformed into a modern city in two short years.
Robert Alexander Long was born in Shelbyville, Kentucky in 1850. In 1877, Long partnered with Victor B. Bell to form a lumber company in Columbus, Kansas. Highly successful, the two expanded their operation first in Kansas, then in Louisiana and Washington.
† Early History of Longview Country Club, 2018, www.nwhickoryplayers.org, accessed June, 2022.
Nearby Towns: Kelso City •