Naselle, Washington 98638

46° 22′ 4″ N, 123° 47′ 27″ W


Naselle traces its roots to Finnish families who settled there and made their living as loggers and fishermen.  The community first flourished as a logging town, and logging remains the dominant private industry. Settled primarily by Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants, the community has maintained this cultural heritage despite a declining percentage of traditional family names.

Since 1982, Naselle has hosted a Finnish-American Folk Festival every other year, and in 2006 co-hosted, with the nearby city of Astoria, OR, the national festival FinnFest USA.

Pioneer Naselle was the inspiration for Our Only May Amelia, a Newbury Honor book by Jennifer L. Holm, based on Holm family documents of life as a Finnish-American frontier family.

Past and present residents of note include Oscar Wirkkala, logger and inventor; Wilho Saari, kantele performer and teacher; and Rex Ziak, historian.  Not bad for a town boasting a current population of just 2,000.

Just a short spat inland, Naselle frequently enjoys drier, sunnier weather than her Peninsula neighbors.


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