Remember the 70s?
No, not those 70s. The 1870s!
That’s when Kalama started to become a transportation hub inspired by nationwide railroad construction.
One auspicious visitor to come to Kalama by train called out the region’s potential.
Teddy Roosevelt foretold the success of the yet-to-be established Port of Kalama in a 1903 speech, “I realize as every thinking man must the wonderful future that lies before this state, for it is one in which in its future development is going to show as great and varied industrial growth as New York or Pennsylvania.”
Right on, Kalama! And look at you now!
Check out our entertaining new video in our series of throwback history lessons on the Port!
Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!