Place:Riffe, Lewis, Washington, United States


TypeFormer community
Coordinates46.5°N 122.367°W
Located inLewis, Washington, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Riffe Lake

Riffe Lake is a 23.5 mi (38 km) long reservoir on the Cowlitz River in the U.S. state of Washington. Originally named Davisson Lake, it was created in 1968 with the construction of Mossyrock Dam.[1] The lake was renamed in 1976 after the community of Riffe, which was inundated by the lake. [2]

Appalachian Migration

In 1893, 60 Appalachians from West Virginia migrated together to Lewis County. They were led by a Southern Baptist minister named Floyd Riffe. They named their settlement for Riffe. [3]

External links

  • Family Things by Mim A website about some of the Appalachian migrants.
  • RIFFE CEMETERY GRAVE LIST NEW LOCATION "When the dam was built and the graves moved to other cemeteries, there was a list put out by the (I believe) Army Corp of Engineers. There were 221 graves moved from Riffe Cemetery."