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

The Artillery Barracks


Officers Row

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By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
1. The Artillery Barracks Marker
Inscription. At the beginning of the 20th century, Vancouver was the headquarters for the Department of the Columbia, a vast administrative unit in the Northwest. The population of the post almost tripled in response to increased military activity both at home and abroad. There were not enough barracks for soldiers stationed here, and men were sleeping in tents. An ambitious building scheme was begun that would enable the post to garrison a regiment of infantry and two batteries of artillery. The gouble artillery barracks was constructed during that period, erected on this site in 1904.

The Colonial Revival style building housed two separate companies, a total capacity of 240 men. The latrines, storage rooms, and other functional spaces were located in the basement. The kitchen, mess halls, and day rooms were on the first floor. The second floor had large, dormitory style sleeping quarters for the soldiers, with smaller, semi-private rooms for the officers. At one point, the attic housed an indoor shooting range.
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
Location. 45° 37.575′ N, 122° 39.974′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Hathaway Road, on the right
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By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
2. The Artillery Barracks and Marker
when traveling west on Hathaway Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sutler's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Red Cross Convalescent House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James Mission (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Post Hospital (about 400 feet away); The Infantry Barracks (about 500 feet away); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); The O. O. Howard House (about 700 feet away); Congressional Medal of Honor Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
More about this marker. The background picture includes the caption, "The Barracks housed troops like the “Mountain Battery” of the 4th Field Artillery, seen here on the parade ground next to the O. O. Howard House."
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,217 times since then and 77 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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