Ghost Town Wednesday: Claquato, Washington

GhostTownWednesday Lewis Hawkins Davis left Indiana in 1851 and joined a wagon train in Independence, Missouri, heading west to Oregon Territory’s Willamette Valley.  Two years after arriving he headed north to Saunders Bottom in Lewis County, Washington where he built a double log cabin for his family.  His son Levi Adrian Davis filed a claim for adjoining property.  Upon arrival they remained a few days with the Saunders family, their nearest neighbors, while scouting the area for land.

The Davis family settled on a hillside in an area the Indians called Claquato (pronounced Cla-kwah-toh, the name means “high ground” in Salish).  The next order of business for Lewis, with the help of other settlers, was a road-building program, and all roads led to his home on the hill.  The first road went over the hill and down into the Chehalis Valley to the place where the Skookumchuck River emptied into the Chehalis River, a place where Lewis encouraged new settlers to camp upon arrival.

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  1. Hi Susan – I enjoyed your entry on Claquato Church. I visited several times around Christmas (2015), taking some shots for my photography club (our January assignment is faith/religion) – I expect the local historical society has more info and I need to visit at some point. Your blog post has some interesting info that I hadn’t found elsewhere online – I love being able to learn more about the church’s history 🙂

    • So glad you found the article interesting and informative … thanks for stopping by!


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