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Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Heart of a Trading Empire

 
 
Heart of a Trading Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. Heart of a Trading Empire Marker
Inscription. Look around you. The scenic spot where you now stand was once the heart of one of the busiest shipping ports west of the Rocky Mountains. From 1825 to 1846, Fort Vancouver's waterfront served as the western economic artery of the Hudson's Bay Company, connecting a wilderness of wealth to a powerful trading network.

Trading vessels large and small once moored at a wharf here, supplying a variet of goods to distant ports. Company ships exported northwest goods throughout the world: fur to England, salted salmon to Hawaii, and lumber to South America.

Fort Vancouver is the grand emporium of the Company's trade west of the Rocky Mountains as well as within the Oregon Territory and beyond it, from California to Kamschatka.
John Dunn,
Postmaster at Fort Vancouver 1836-1838
 
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
 
Location. 45° 37.21′ N, 122° 40.161′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from SE Columbia Way. Click for map. Marker is in Old Apple Tree Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Heart of a Trading Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. Heart of a Trading Empire Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Busy Place Is This (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Army Arrives (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A River of Settlers (about 300 feet away); Captain George Vancouver Monument (approx. mile away); Captain George Vancouver Monument Plaza (approx. mile away); St. James Mission (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Vancouver Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sutler's Store (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. The background painting "shows Fort Vancouver's busy riverfront in 1845."

In the upper right corner of the marker are two pictures. One states, "Hudson's Bay Company vessels like the Cadboro navigated the treacherous mouth of the Columbia River to reach Fort Vancouver." The other reads, "The Port of Honolulu offered an excellent market for Fort Vancouver's lumber, salted beef, flour, butter, and salmon."

The Vancouver National Historic Reserve is a partnership of the National Park service, the City of Vancouver, the U. S. Army, and the State of Washington and is dedicated to the preservation, education and public use of these historic properties. This exhibit is funded by the National Park Service's Fee Demonstration Program.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 983 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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