Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Morton offers a rural lifestyle in a relaxed setting. Peaceful days at the river and catching coffee in town with friends characterize the friendly, hometown feel of Morton. The city is noted for its scenic setting, mild climate, year-round recreation opportunities and close proximity to Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. Take time to escape the busy routines and enjoy a sense of clarity and calm while experiencing arts and culture in the mountains. Take in a concert, class or theater performance. Browse in the art gallery and see the area history on display at the Historic Morton Train Depot. Morton’s commitment to the arts is evidenced by the opportunities available for residents, visitors and the artists themselves. Not every community can boast towering mountain foothills, scenic and remote rivers, and several nearby lakes – not to mention a national park, national monument and a ski area all within an hour’s drive. In the spring and summer, hiking, wildlife watching and sightseeing are popular, giving way to fishing and then skiing, snowmobiling and snowplay opportunities all nearby during the fall and winter.
The City of Morton is the third largest city in Lewis County. Morton has a timber-based economy. The primary industries include: manufacturing, timber and forest products and tourism. Current largest Employers include Hampton Lumber Mill, TMI Forest Products and Morton Arbor Health Hospital. The town was once called the “Railroad Tie Capital of the World,” because it housed the world’s longest tie docks for manufacturing.
Named for: the United State’s Vice-President Levi Morton in 1913
Home of: the Loggers Jubilee and Roxy Theater
Elevation: 948 ft.
Size: 0.83 square miles
Location: Morton is located in the geographic center of Lewis County, Washington, 32 miles east of I-5 on US Hwy 12 on the White Pass Scenic Byway. Three major highways, the National Park Highway SR 7, State Route 508 and US Hwy 12 intersect at Morton.
Coordinates: 46°33′28″N 122°16′47″W
Climate: July average high 64.3 degrees; January average low 36.2 degrees; 60 inch average precipitation