County was formed in 1854 from Clark County.
| My name is Marie
and I am your County Coordinator. I would really like to see this site
grow, so please send me your information and I will include it here. I
am accepting anything of a genealogical or historical nature and if you
have a personal family website that you would like linked, please let
Skamania County is
part of one of the most beautiful areas of our immense country. Located
in the Columbia River Gorge it has wonderous scenery and a rich
heritage. In 1805 Skamania county was explored by Lewis and Clark. They
spent the winter on the Columbia River. There is certainly a lot to do
in Skamania county, and for your convenience, I am adding a link to the
Chamber of Commerce's Calender
of Events. The meaning
of Skamania pretty much says it all. It is Indian, meaning
'Swift Waters" and was organized on 9 Mar 1854. The county
seat is Stevenson.
The Cascade Chinook Indians
settled where the Columbia River cut a path through the Cascade
Mountains. They had the traits of both the Coastal and the Plateau
Tribes which were on either side of them. They were here 10,000 years
ago and the county is named for the Chinookian word meaning "swift
Mt. Saint Helens
Before the Eruption
Photo from: USGS Prof. Paper 1250
| Located in the
county is Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Columbia Gorge National
Scenic Area, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument,The Pacific
Crest trail and an abundance of wilderness areas in which to enjoy the
Mount. St Helens is
the only volcano to erupt in the Continental United States in the last
20 years or more. With the explosive terrain is it any wonder that Bigfoot
decided to make the county his home. It is one of forty volcanoes
located in the United States. It still emits steam and ash on a daily
basis. Some say that it could erupt again in the this century,
therefore it is monitored on a daily basis.
| Gifford Pinchot
National Forest is a paradise for the Outdoorsman. There is hiking,
fishing, camping and skiing in abundance. There are over 1,100 miles of
trails for your pleasure. Or if you would perfer a good old fashioned
hotel, here is a list of places to stay.
So, when you come
to Skamania County to do your Genealogy Research, you might also
consider taking a few days just to hang out, enjoy the scenery and have
loads of fun.
In the meantime, I
hope you enjoy the new site and send me the information you have about
your ancestors and I will include it on the site.
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Swan
For more of his beautiful photography see:
of the Northwest
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all USGenWeb State pages
March and April, 1996, a
genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database.
The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in
Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the
databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if
individuals were found in more than one county, they could be located
in the index.
At the same
time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the
collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the Web
page. This grew into The USGenWeb
on how you can be a part of the WAGenWeb Project, contact the State
Coordinator Mike Sweeney. For
information on how you can be a part of the Skamania County GenWeb
Project, contact the County Coordinator,
Coordinators: Candy Grub 1997-1998, John Ashmund 1998-2000,
Annette Peebles 2000-2003, Katy Hestand 2003-2007
This page was
last updated Monday, 04-Feb-2013 23:31:38 EST
maintained by Marie Gale