Founded in the late 1840's, Kalama is named for Hawaiian native John Kalama, who settled in the area after marrying the daughter of a Nisqually chief.
In addition to being a busy shipping center, Kalama claims two superlatives: a 140-foot single tree totem pole in Marine Park, and the first fish hatchery in the state.
Kalama is also a hot spot for antique shoppers - the town is hoome to eight antique malls and shops representing over 250 dealers. The section of the Columbia River near Kalama has become a favorite of windsurfers.
Kalama is on Interstate 5 in Cowlitz County between Kelso and Woodland.