Pe Ell was named after French-Canadian Pierre Charles, who lived in the area in the 1850s. Located 23 miles west of Chehalis on Scenic Highway 6 (Ocean Beach Highway). This small town has a strong Polish ancestry and the oldest church in town is the Holy Cross Polish National Church. They also have a vintage military tank right next to the fire station that is often missed by visitors. Logging continues to be the mainstay of Pe Ell's economy.