Yacolt, Washington is a humble community burrowed in the foothills of Cascade Mountains beneath Mount St. Helens on the Northern Clark County Scenic Drive. Yacolt is home to 1,819 people according to Livability, with the average resident being about 27 years old.
The community was originally named Garner after a family homesteaded 160 acres of
The name “Yacolt” originated from the Native American Cowlitz and Klickitat tribes that once dominated Clark County, including many inland areas like Yacolt. History Link states that the name “Yacolt” comes from the Klickitat word “Yalicolb” or “haunted place”. There are many legends behind the ominous name but the most common explanation is that the name was derived from a Klickitat legend about a group of children who were gathering wild berries in the area, and disappeared into thin air. The tribe believed that the children had been taken by evil spirits and they used the sinister name to describe the area long before non-native settlers came in.
In 1902 the area experienced the largest forest fire recorded in Washington State history to that point. The fire consumed the area for 3 long days, impacting an estimated 148 homes, including the 15 building that made up downtown Yacolt. 38 human lives were taken in the fire and the incident became infamously known as the Yacolt Burn.
The tragedy destroyed the town, however, the community came together in the years following, and in 1908, Yacolt was officially incorporated. In 2008, the Town of Yacolt celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Yacolt today boasts relaxed, rural living while maintaining easy access to large metropolitan areas and the luxuries within the city. Many residents commute for work, with both Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon being about an hour drive away. Residents are attracted to the area because of the natural beauty and recreational opportunities within the area and enjoy the safety and security of living in a small town. If you browse homes for sale in Yacolt, don’t be surprised if you run into the next door neighbor, or someone eager to show you around. Yacolt is a close-knit community with many opportunities for those looking for land.
If you’re interested in homes for sale in Yacolt, read more about services provided by the town, along with highlights on places to explore below.
Services provided by the Town of Yacolt
Places to Explore while in Yacolt
Yacolt Recreational Park
Yacolt Town Park
North Clark Little League
Cedar Creek Grist Mill (360-225-5832)
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad (360-686-3559)
Pomeroy Living History Farm (360-686-3537)
North Clark County Museum (360-247-5800)