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

The O. O. Howard House

 

—Officers Row —

 
The O. O. Howard House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
1. The O. O. Howard House Marker
Inscription. This Italianate-Revival style home was built in 1878 for General Oliver Otis Howard, Commanding General of the Department of the Columbia from 1874 until 1880.

This gracious home was considered ”the finest dwelling house north of the Columbia.” It was home to many social events and hosted several famous guests, including Ulysses S. Grant in 1879 and U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880.

After the Marshall House was built as the new department commander’s home in 1886, the Howard House became the local post commander’s residence. It then served as a Non-Commissioned Officers’ (NCO) Club from 1934 until it was surplused after a fire in 1986.

Notable Civil War General Howard was lauded for his work with African Americans when he was Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau from 1866 until 1872, and for helping to found Howard University, an all African American institution. However, Howard’s reputation for his role in the Indian Wars campaigns against Native American groups resisting pressure to move to reservations was not as positive. The most famous of these campaigns was the 1877 Nez Perce War, in which Chief Joseph led his people in an unprecedented five-month flight from northeastern Oregon to Montana, until their capture by Howard and his soldiers. Howard also unjustly incarcerated Nez Perce Chief Temme Ilppilp (Red Heart) and thirty-two of his people at
The O. O. Howard House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
2. The O. O. Howard House and Marker
Fort Vancouver for eight months in 1877.
 
Erected by Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
 
Location. 45° 37.663′ N, 122° 39.852′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Vancouver Way and Anderson Street, on the right when traveling south on Fort Vancouver Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 Anderson Street, Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Congressional Medal of Honor Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cannon Replica Project (about 300 feet away); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Reservation Monument (about 400 feet away); Officers Row (about 500 feet away); The Infantry Barracks (about 500 feet away); The Post Hospital (about 600 feet away); The Sutler's Store (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. The background picture is, "The Howard House, looking west, ca. 1890," provided for the marker by the National Archives and Records Administration.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. General O. O. Howard Houses, including this one.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationForts, CastlesNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsWars, US Indian
 
Picture from the marker of General O. O. Howard image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
3. Picture from the marker of General O. O. Howard
"General Oliver Otis Howard, Commander of the Department of the Columbia, 1874-1880." Provided for the marker courtesy of the "National Archives and Records Administration."
Fort Vancouver barracks and offices image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
4. Fort Vancouver barracks and offices
Across Fort Vancouver Way from the O. O. Howard House Marker are old barracks and offices from the early 1900s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,542 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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