Plenty of interesting attractions in Raymond

A Raymond boy attracts a calf kiss at the county fair in Menlo, held in August. DON KRAMER photo

Raymond, the bustling heart of Pacific County, was founded in 1907 but was a thriving commercial and logging center for years before that. Downtown Raymond has just been extensively remodeled - if you haven't been there in awhile, be sure to check it out, along with the old Raymond Theater!

Major attractions include the Northwest Carriage Museum (314 Alder St., 942-4150) featuring an amazing collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

The Willapa Seaport Museum (310 Alder St., 942-4149) is a great way of exploring our maritime heritage.

A beautiful river-side path connects with a walking-cycling trail that follows an old railroad right-of-way through incredible scenery all the way through the Willapa Hills. The Port of Willapa is an important industrial resource for the county.

Fishing and hunting opportunities abound in this area.

Life-size metal silhouettes and 3-D statues are the latest addition to Raymond's traditional larger-than-life wooden statues that have long been attracting visitors.

All in all, Raymond is one of the most appealing -and perhaps under-appreciated -towns in southwest Washington. Give it a try!

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