Hudson Bay in Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Infantry Barracks
— Officers Row —
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Forts and Castles • Military. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 45° 37.652′ N, 122° 39.972′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Post Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); The Red Cross Convalescent House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Artillery Barracks (about 500 feet away); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); The O. O. Howard House (about 500 feet away); The Sutler's Store (about 500 feet away); The Reservation Monument (about 700 feet away); St. James Mission (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
More about this marker. A picture of Sergeant Edward Gibson graces the marker, in the upper left. It is captioned, "A company of African American “Buffalo Soldiers” billeted there in 1899-1900. Company B of the 24th Infantry served as the post’s regular garrison, including Sgt. Edward Gibson, seen here early in his career. Company B responded to civil unrest at Idaho mines, playing a role in one of the century’s major labor conflicts. The soldiers also participated in community events, including parades, ceremonies, and baseball games." It was provide for use on the marker, "Courtesy of the Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas."
The background picture, taken inside the "Squad Room," identifies the space each soldier could call his own. "In the barracks’ Squad Room each soldier was allowed 800 cubic feet of space. With 12 foot ceilings, this meant each had an area a little over ten by six feet." It was provided to Vancouver National Historic Reserve courtesy of the National Archives, #92-F-71-6."
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,490 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.