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

A River of Settlers

 
 
A River of Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
1. A River of Settlers Marker
Inscription. Before 1846 American immigrants traveling the Oregon Trail to Fort Vancouver had to make a choice at The Dalles (80 miles upriver from here). They could navigate their own handmade raft or take a Hudson's Bay Company boat down the Columbia River to here. Many travelers chose to complete these last 80 miles on a Company boat.

Fort Vancouver's manager, Chief Factor John McLoughlin, generously offered food, supplies, and medical treatment to the weary Americans when they arrived here. He then directed them to settle south of the Columbia River in the Willamette Valley. The Company hoped that by discouraging settlement north of the Columbia River, the river would become the international boundary between the United States and British North America. The plan failed.

[Map of the two route options available to Oregon Trail travelers from The Dalles is included with the following caption]:
After 1846 immigrants took either a land or water route from The Dalles to Fort Vancouver. Eventually, the arrival of many thousands of new American settlers helped to tip the balance in favor of the United States' boundary claims.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 45° 37.194′ N, 122° 
Map from the "A River of Settlers" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
2. Map from the "A River of Settlers" Marker
Map of the two route options available to Oregon Trail travelers from The Dalles to Fort Vancouver.
40.089′ 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heart of a Trading Empire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Busy Place Is This (about 500 feet away); United States Army Arrives (about 600 feet away); Captain George Vancouver Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Captain George Vancouver Monument Plaza (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Vancouver Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. James Mission (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 main painting identifies that "American immigrants were transported in Hudson's Bay Company boats. There is also included a November 1, 1845 quote from Thomas Lowe, a Hudson's Bay Company clerk:
"The Callepooiah arrived with 140 Immigrants, many of whom are laid up with the Fever."

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
A River of Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 12, 2008
3. A River of Settlers Marker
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 1,175 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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