La Center is a town in northwest Clark County. The population is 3,000 residents and growing steadily like most areas of Clark County. In the 1870's, La Center was a business center and head of navigation on the east fork of the Lewis River. In late summer, the regular schedules of the steamers "Mascot" and "Walker", paddle-wheeling to Portland, were often interrupted by low water. Passengers and freight were transferred to scows, which were poled up the river or towed by horses along the bank. With the arrival of railroads and highways, La Center lost importance and lapsed into a small village serving the surrounding farming district. La Center was officially incorporated on August 27, 1909. Its population in 1940 was 192.
The city is home to several card rooms / casinos. Spring 2017 brought the massive $510 million dollar, 368,000 square-foot Ilani Casino Resort, that will project the culture of the Northwest and pay tribute to the heritage of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.