The City of Castle Rock is Washington State’s best kept secret.
Also known as “The Gateway to Mount St. Helens”, Castle Rock is strategically located on Interstate 5 between Seattle and Portland. Spirit Lake Memorial Highway (SR 504) connects the city to the Mount St. Helens National Monument and Spirit Lake recreation areas – two of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the state.
The City of Castle Rock itself is a quaint town of just over two thousand residents, with a rich local history and robust future plans. It was awarded the Association of Washington Cities’ 2004 Municipal Achievement Award in recognition of its dynamic Riverfront Trial Project, and continuously strives for quality-of-life improvements for its residents, businesses, and visitors.
The following excerpt is from the Castle Rock Chamber on the City’s history:
“The city of Castle Rock is situated primarily upon the donation land claim of Eliza and William Huntington. The Huntingtons settled in the area in 1852. On December 12, 1888, the city of Castle Rock was platted, and later incorporated in 1890.
The city is named after a large volcanic rock formation along the Cowlitz River which resembles an old castle. “The Rock,” which rises 200 feet above the surrounding area, was used as a geographical landmark for early travelers along the Cowlitz River. Now, the city has preserved “The Rock.” Visitors and locals can hike to the top of the 200-foot formation, thanks to a trail that winds its way to the top. Historical markers are located at the base of “The Rock” at the intersection of Huntington Avenue South and Front Avenue.”
City of Castle Rock website: http://ci.castle-rock.wa.us
Call (360) 608-7808