Near Morton in Lewis County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Riffe Lake Overlook
East Lewis County
As you look out over Riffe Lake, imagine that this was once the site of two pioneering communities, Riffe and Kosmos. In 1968, construction of the Mossyrock Dam flooded the last remnants of these communities along the Cowlitz.
The town of Riffe was established in 1898 on the Floyd L. Riffe homestead, located five miles southwest of Morton. In 1904, Charles W. Hopkinson built a sawmill and established a post office, creating the city of Kosmos. Riffe and Kosmos reached their heyday in the 1940s when local railroad-tie mills and logging companies thrived.
This marker erected in honor of the 1995 Lewis County Sesquicentennial through the support of Tacoma Public Utilities, the U.S. Forest Service and East Lewis
Erected 1995 by Tacoma Public Utilities, U.S. Forest Service, and East Lewis County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 46° 32.107′ N, 122° 22.762′ W. Marker is near Morton, Washington, in Lewis County. Marker is on U.S. 12 0.4 miles east of Mossyrock Dam, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in a pull-out on the south side of the highway, overlooking Riffe Lake. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morton WA 98356, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mossyrock (approx. 6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Remembering the Town of Riffe, Washington. Floyd Riffe arrived in the area in 1895 after coming west from the Appalachians in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Many settlers who came to Riffe originated from the same Appalachian region as folks went west seeking prosperity. The way of life in Riffe as well as the mountainous topography would have reminded many migrants of their former homes in West Virginia. (Submitted on October 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Kosmos, Washington (Wikipedia). Residents relocated from (Submitted on October 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.