City of Centralia

     Centralia was founded in 1875 by George Washington, the son of a Virginia slave.

     Centralia is the largest city in Lewis County, with a population of about 16,790.

     The Centralia City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, located at 118 W Maple St., Centralia, WA.

     Meetings are recorded and posted here:

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street view of Centralia City Hall

Engineers and supervisors look over schematics at the proposed site in 2017.

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Ecology Seeks Flood Input

By Jake Morgan, staff writer

     CENTRALIA – Plans for a proposed flood retention reservoir near Pe Ell and levee improvements to the Chehalis-Centralia Airport have cleared key steps and now await public comment during two scoping meetings in October.

     The first public scoping meeting will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St. Montesano. The second meeting will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Centralia College's Bowman Rotary Banquet Room, 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia.

     The meetings are designed to gather public input on the environmental issues that should be studied, identify project alternatives, probable significant adverse impacts, potential mitigation measures, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.

     The Wash. Dept. of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have determined the proposal could have significant adverse environmental impacts and will require formal studies through separate state and federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) processes. They are holding a 31-day EIS scoping period from September 28 through October 29, 2018, and comments will only be considered if submitted during this period.

     Visit the Chehalis Basin Strategy website for information about the proposal, the public meetings and to provide public scoping comments online.

Centralia Plans Fort Borst Blockhouse Restoration

    The City of Centralia, the parks board and the Historic Preservation Commission are joining together to raise donations to restore the historic Fort Borst Blockhouse, located in Centralia’s Fort Borst Park.

    The blockhouse was built on the Chehalis River in the 1850s to store supplies during the Washington Indian Wars in 1856 and was later sold to Joseph Borst. The Borst family used the blockhouse as a home and a granary.

    In 1915, the Chehalis River changed course and threatened to undermine the structure, so in 1919 it was moved to Riverside Park. The blockhouse was moved again in 1922 to its present location in Fort Borst Park.

    In 2016, the City contracted with Harrison Goodall of Conservation Services, LLC to conduct a condition assessment and develop a preservation plan.

    For more information about the history of the blockhouse with historic images, the preservation plan or to learn how to donate, visit the city’s Fort Borst Blockhouse restoration page.

This Old House Picks Centralia

    Centralia was recently named one of the “Best Places in the Northwest to Buy an Old House” by the website This Old House, for the abundance of historic Craftsman, Victorian and Queen Anne style homes, particularly in Centralia’s Edison district. For more, visit:,,20208096_20472754,00.html

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