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Toledo was founded in 1879 at the head of 19th-century steamboat navigation on the Cowlitz River and named for the first paddlewheel steamboat to provide regular service. During the 1880s the town prospered as a hop-growing center, but by 1900 most farmers had switched to dairying.
Two miles downstream is the site of Cowlitz Landing, identified by a marker off I-5 exit 59. In the 1850s the landing provided a safe place where Hudson's Bay Company traders could exchange canoes, which they used to travel north from Fort Vancouver, for horses, which were ridden on to Fort Langley on the Fraser River.
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