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

Fishers

 
 
Fishers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rachel Aschmann, July 25, 2012
1. Fishers Marker
Inscription. For centuries Indians used the trail that later became old Evergreen Highway. Where each creek entered the Columbia River the Indians made camp.

In 1805 Lewis & Clark and their expedition camped on Government Island, a haven for waterfowl. The Army from Vancouver Barracks later pastured horses on the island. Six families homesteaded and raised cattle there.

Solomon Fisher and William Simmons in 1851 filed donation land claims, founded Fishers community, built docks and cut firewood for river steamers. In 1907 Fishers became a flagstop railroad station. It had a blacksmith shop, school, a Grange hall, church, store cemetery (1852) and until 1917 a post office. Evergreen Highway was paved in 1922.

The Fisher quarry provided the 20-ton basaltic rock to build Columbia River jetties to tame the fury of Pacific Ocean storms at the river mouth.

We who sleep here in this blessed, bountiful land have seen much history unfold.
 
Erected by Clark County Heritage Site.
 
Location. 45° 35.4′ N, 122° 30.104′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Evergreen Highway and SE 164th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Evergreen Highway
Fisher Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Rachel Aschmann, July 25, 2012
2. Fisher Cemetery
Established 1852
Clark County's Oldest
Established Cemetery
. Click for map. Go south on SE 164th in Vancouver WA, go under WA 14,and you will dead end at Evergreen Highway in front of the cemetery and historic marker. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98683, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crown Zellerbach Employee World War II Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); The First School in Camas (approx. 4.6 miles away); Camas-Washougal War Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sandy River Bridge (approx. 7.1 miles away in Oregon); The First Fort Vancouver (approx. 7.1 miles away); From Military to Municipal Airfield (approx. 7.5 miles away); Ilchee (approx. 7.6 miles away); U. S. Grant Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
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Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
circa July 25, 2012
3. Close-Up of Photo Displayed on Marker
Photo Caption:
The first school in the Fishers area had grades 1 - 8, circa 1880
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
July 25, 2012
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
Photo caption:
Although the community took fhe name of Fishers, it was William Simmons who donated the original parcel of land for the Fishers Cemetery. This is the oldest public burying ground in Clark County, dating to the early 1850's. It was later enlarged to bring it to its present size.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
July 25, 2012
5. Photo Displayed on Marker
Photo Caption:
Founded as Columbia Quarries in 1873, today's Smith Quarries continues to operate at its original Fishers location.
Fisher Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Rachel Aschmann, July 25, 2012
6. Fisher Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rachel Aschmann of Camas, Washington. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Rachel Aschmann of Camas, Washington.   4, 5. submitted on , by Rachel Aschmann of Camas, Washington.   6. submitted on , by Rachel Aschmann of Camas, Washington. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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