The post Depression era found Kalama in a great position to prosper, due to the planning of its leaders in forming the Port.
The Port of Kalama stood ready to rev up the local economy with help from Federal New Deal Programs of the 1930s.
Completion of the Bonneville Dam in 1937 by the Army Corps of Engineers brought clean, low-cost hydroelectric power to the region and also mitigated the Columbia River flooding. Bonus!
Stability for the Port of Kalama attracted new industries, such as grain, and chemical companies in addition to wood products. Many of the businesses attracted from the 40s to the 60s remain important tenants of the Port today—thank you, TEMCO, RSG Gram, and Emerald Kalama!
One hundred years later, you’re better than ever.
Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!