History

BABE RUTH BASEBALL RETURNS TO LONGVIEW

Longview World Series President Kirc Roland signs the contract making Longview/Kelso the host for the 2001 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.
From left to right- Marion Elliott, Commissioner; Ron Tellefsen, Babe Ruth President; Kirc Roland; and Longview Financial Officer Carolyn Cade.

In August of 1990, Babe Ruth Baseball President, Ron Tellefsen said he hoped Longview could host another World Series event. This was after the completion of the successful Bambino World Series where Oakland had completed a championship win over Pueblo, Colorado. Longview- Kelso put on a great show then, and after seven years, they are ready to do it again.

On this 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s courageous entry into Major League Baseball, we are proud to have the Jackie Robinson Babe Ruth League All-Stars here in Longview. Babe Ruth Baseball had it’s first 13-15 World Series in 1952, five years after Robinson’s debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Longview World Series Committee was formed back in 1988 to prepare for the 1990 Bambino World Series. It stayed together in 1993 when former President, Bill Daniels resigned to concentrate on his Bambino District Commissioners duties. Kirc Roland took over as President and with the support of key members, Carolyn Cade and Bert Karnofski, the Committee began to look into the possibility of hosting a 13- 15 year old World Series. Longview’s bid was ten- tatively accepted in 1995 and officially signed last Fall. Four years of planning by many local people has culminated in this great event, the 1997 Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series.

Longview and Kelso have a great Babe Ruth tra- dition going. The Longview 1987 13-15 year old team played in the World Series in Jamestown, New York. The Western Bambino team played in the 1988 Series in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Kelso Bambino team participated in the 1991 World Series in Pueblo, Colorado. The Western team not only hosted the l990 World Series, but also qualified for the 1992 Series in Alachua, Florida. The Longview 13-year-old All-Stars also took part in the 1993 World Series in Springdale, Arkansas. There were also numerous State and Regional appearances for our local teams. Longview, Kelso and Cowlitz County is Babe Ruth country, and that’s why we are proud to host this showcase event.

This World Series would not be possible if it weren’t for some incredible support from the business community and the people. Columbia Bank stepped forward and really became the catalyst for the World Series. Weyerhaeuser followed as a major sponsor. The elected leaders of Longview, Kelso and Cowlitz County showed tremendous support. Many other businesses came forward big time. This is a national event put on by hometown people.

The Longview World Series Committee would like to welcome the fans from across the country to our beautiful corner of the country. There are plenty of things to do and see while you’re here. Be sure to note the businesses that have pledged support to the World Series by purchasing ads in this program, and donating services to the cause. They are listed elsewhere in this program. We encourage you to patronize the businesses who have put time, money and services towards the 1997 Babe Ruth World Series!

Enjoy your stay in Longview, Kelso and Cowlitz County. The baseball should be as great as the communities who are hosting this great event.

CASTLE ROCK is located north of Longview near the confluence of the Cowlitz and Toutle rivers. It is the gateway to the Spirit Lake Highway. It has many historical buildings, including the First Methodist Church and the Laughlin Round Barn. The Castle Rock Exhibit Hall, located right in down- town, describes the town’s history and its relationship to Mount St. Helens. Three galleries highlight the Cowlitz River, Mount St. Helens and the timber industry, and the town of Castle Rock. There is a gift shop and visitor information center there. Just east of downtown features the Mount St. Helens Cinedome Theatre, showing the award-winning film “Eruption of Mount St. Helens” on a giant screen.

CATHLAMET is theWahkiakum County seat. The town’s historical structures include the Julia Butler Hansen House, the Bradley House, and the Cathlamet Hotel, built in 1927. The Pioneer Church is located on a rocky promontory overlooking the town. Its unique design makes it a popular attraction. The Elochman Marina is the site of the annual Around Puget Island Regatta and a historic boat show during Bald Eagle Days. The Wahkiakum County Historical Museum houses artifacts from Northwest tribes, guns, logging equipment, and farm implements.

KELSO calls itself the “Smelt Capital of the World” because of the large quantities of smelt caught and processed there. Historic attractions include the Kelso Train Depot, the First United Methodist Church, and Old St. Marys Church. The Cowlitz County Museum, preserves the history of Kelso, Cowlitz County, and southwest Washington. Exhibits include an 1884 log cabin, a recreation of a rural general store, and his- torical photographs. A self-guided tour of the city’s historical sites is available. The Mount St. Helens Volcano and Information Center is located at the Kelso Chamber of Commerce on the I-5 corridor. Many displays and exhibits are there for visitors enjoyment. Annual events include the Cowlitz River Raft Regatta, the Cowlitz County Fair and the International Fair, and the Kelso Highlander Festival which celebrates the city’s Scottish heritage.

LONGVIEW has many of its buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Examples of early Longviews classi- cally influenced architec- ture are found in the city. The Monticello Convention site in located here. It commemorates the historic meeting held by settlers. The crown jewel of this “planned city” is Lake Sacajawea, a mile long park located in the middle of the city, not very far from the ballpark. Don’t forget to see the Nutty Narrows Bridge just a couple blocks south of the ballpark. It is the “world’s only bridge for squirrels.” Longview is home of The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts which presents many concerts, plays and musicals throughout the year. The city also hosts many events and shows which include the Thunder Mountain Rodeo.The Street Fair, and the Unique Tin Weekend.

PUGET ISLAND is located in the Columbia River near Cathlamet and is the headquarters for the last remaining ferry operating on the Lower Columbia. The island has many historical sites to see and other outdoor activities for visitors.

RYDERWOOD, located west of Vader, once was the center of one of the Northwests largest logging operations. Historic attractions include the Ryderwood General Store.

VADER is located north of Castle Rock. The picturesque town is reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century village. Vader’s historical sites include the Ben Olson Home and the Little Falls Jail- one of the last remaining facilities of its kind in the state.

SKOMOKAWA is the Wahkaikum word for “smoke on the water.” The town, once a Wahkaikum village, was built around water that originates in Skamokawa Creek. It was known as “Little Venice” because the city’s first transportation system centered on the creek. Many of the towns historic structures still stand, including Redman Hall and Oasis Tavern. Southwest of Skomokawa is the Columbian White-tailed Deer National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to this endangered animal and a number of waterfowl species.

This area was once the home of the Chinook and Chehalis Indians. The tribes lived peacefully and fished the Cowlitz and Columbia Rivers for centuries before the first Europeans arrived.

Lewis and Clark discovered the Cowlitz River in 1805 during their survey of the Louisiana Purchase. These two explorers were the first to record the beauty of this valley.

The local area features many fine cities and towns in the pride of such a beautiful place. Longview and Kelsoe are the largest, but there are many of the communities that feature friendly people and many interesting filings to see while you visit our area.

Our most famous landmark is The Mount St. Helens National Monument which brings increasing numbers of tourists every year to view the mountain and the surrounding area. We invite you to experience the sites of our local area as you enjoy your visit while attending the Babe Ruth World Series.

SPIRIT LAKE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY was once the route to Spirit Lake. It begins at the juncture of 1-5 at Castle Rock. Located five miles east of Castle Rock is Seaquest State Park which lies along the shores of Silver Lake. The Mt. St Helens National Volcanic Monument Visitor Center is adjacent to the park entrance. There are many sites and shops to see along the way to the mountain.

The highway now ends at the blast area of the MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT. Johnston Ridge, Coldwater Ridge, and Hoffstadt Bluffs view points provide a view of the mountain.