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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Clark County, Washington

Clickable Map of Clark County, Washington and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Clark County, WA (49) Cowlitz County, WA (5) Skamania County, WA (20) Columbia County, OR (9) Multnomah County, OR (27)  ClarkCounty(49) Clark County (49)  CowlitzCounty(5) Cowlitz County (5)  SkamaniaCounty(20) Skamania County (20)  ColumbiaCountyOregon(9) Columbia County (9)  MultnomahCounty(27) Multnomah County (27)
Vancouver is the county seat for Clark County
Adjacent to Clark County, Washington
      Cowlitz County (5)  
      Skamania County (20)  
      Columbia County, Oregon (9)  
      Multnomah County, Oregon (27)  
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1Washington, Clark County, Camas — 58004 — Camas-Washougal War Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all servicemen from the Camas-Washougal area who have died as a result of hostile action since the beginning of the Vietnam War.Map (db m58004) WM
2Washington, Clark County, Camas — Crown Zellerbach Employee World War II Memorial
In honor of the employees from this division who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces during World War II. Curtin P Barnett • James F Hagensen • Thelma A Rancore • Jimmie Clark Berg • Wayne A Harwood • Lewis L Ray • Eugene P . . . Map (db m58851) HM
3Washington, Clark County, Camas — The First School in Camas1882
The first school in Camas (La Camas) was built prior to 1882. It was replaced by a four room school (with inside plumbing) in 1886. The first school remained on the school grounds until 1907. In 1907 the then Columbia River Paper Company gave the . . . Map (db m57954) HM
4Washington, Clark County, Ridgefield — Early Highway of the WestThe Great Columbia River
The Columbia River, located a few miles west of here, was one of the first highways in the West. American Indians used canoes as their principal transportation between camps and villages along the river, carrying fish, roots, berries, baskets and . . . Map (db m112963) HM
5Washington, Clark County, Ridgefield — 15 — Fort Vancouver
Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Vancouver in 1824 within the area of present-day Vancouver, 83 nautical miles from the Pacific Ocean. Forty Wooden buildings were enclosed within a 20-foot high log palisade until the treaty of 1846 set the . . . Map (db m8400) HM
6Washington, Clark County, Salmon Creek Heights, Pleasant Valley — Harley H. Hall Reported permanently removed
Navy Captain Harley H. Hall F-4 Phantom Listed P.O.W. 1-27-73 The last pilot shot down in Vietnam just 10 hours before final cease fire was signed. Native of Vancouver, WashingtonMap (db m8513) HM WM
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7Washington, Clark County, Vancouver — Fishers
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. . . . Map (db m57879) HM
8Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Central Park — Theodore A. Penland Rose Garden
This rose garden is dedicated to the memory of Theodore A. Penland 1849 – 1950 last Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic Plaque presented by The Daughters of Union Veterans and the Woman’s Relief Corps, . . . Map (db m8401) HM
9Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Columbia Way — A Busy Place Is This
You are standing on the site of a once-bustling riverfront complex at Fort Vancouver. A boat building operation, blacksmith shop, and tannery filled the air with the sights, sounds, and smells of industry. A busy place is this. The . . . Map (db m12292) HM
10Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Columbia Way — A River of Settlers
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 . . . Map (db m12295) HM
11Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Columbia Way — Heart of a Trading Empire
Look around you. The scenic spot where you now stand was once the heart of one of the busiest shipping ports west of the Rocky Mountains. From 1825 to 1846, Fort Vancouver's waterfront served as the western economic artery of the Hudson's Bay . . . Map (db m12293) HM
12Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Columbia Way — Ilchee
In Recognition of the People Who Have Inhabited this Region for Thousands of Years. Ilchee Moon Girl History says she was born along the Columbia River about 1800, daughter of Chinook Chief Concomley and, later, wife of Chief Casinos leader . . . Map (db m8422) HM
13Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Columbia Way — United States Army Arrives
On May 13, 1849, the United States steamer Massachusetts arrived off the Hudson's Bay Company wharf and unloaded Batteries L and M of the First Regiment of United States Artillery. The first permanent official American presence in the Pacific . . . Map (db m12289) HM
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14Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Esther Short — Captain George Vancouver MonumentBoat of Discovery
[Panel 1]:Captain George Vancouver Monument October 31, 1792 Lt. William Broughton Named This Area For His Captain Dedicated October 31, 1992 [Panel 2]:Boat of Discovery “…The real story of George . . . Map (db m8516) HM
15Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Esther Short — Captain George Vancouver Monument Plaza1792 Discovery
[Panel 1]: Capt. George Vancouver, from King’s Lynn, England, at age 35 and with orders from the British Admiralty to explore and chart the West Coast of America, charted hundreds of miles of coast line from California to Alaska. His maps . . . Map (db m8515) HM
16Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Esther Short — Esther ShortEsther Short Park
After marrying Amos Short in 1829, Esther (Clark) Short set out on the adventure of her life! Originally from Tioga County, Pennsylvania, Esther Short, who was ½ Algonquin Indian, her husband Amos and 10 children traveled west to Linton, Oregon . . . Map (db m64239) HM
17Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — An English Garden in the Wilderness
Planting a garden was one of the first things the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) did when they established Fort Vancouver. At its height, in the mid-1840s, the garden had expanded to eight acres and provided not only produce but also large numbers of . . . Map (db m113945) HM
18Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Cannon Replica Project
These Napoleon 12-Poind Light Field Cannons are replicas created by Mountain View High School students during the 1990 to 1992 school years in Vancouver, Washington. They are the property of the City of Vancouver, which supplied materials. This . . . Map (db m8519) HM
19Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Carlton Foster Bond1893 - 1980
CO Pearson Field 1929 - 1933 & 1938 - 1940 Honoring Aviation PioneersMap (db m8427) HM
20Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Clark County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated in memory of those who died in the defense of our Country Lest We ForgetMap (db m8536) WM
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21Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Congressional Medal of Honor Monument
This monument is presented to the city of Vancouver, Washington by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, in recognition of the spirit and sacrifice shown by the valiant Medal of Honor recipients now at rest in the Vancouver Barracks Cemetery. . . . Map (db m22867) HM
22Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Early Aviation History in VancouverPearson Field
Even before the advent of a U.S. Army Air Service field at Vancouver Barracks in 1921 and the eventual dedication of “Pearson Field” in 1925, aviation had early hallmarks at Vancouver Barracks. As part of the 1905 Lewis and Clark . . . Map (db m83990) HM
23Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — First Japanese on the North American Continent
In October 1832, the Japanese cargo ship Hojun Maru set sail from near Nagoya bound for Edo (present day Tokyo). Disabled in a storm off Enshu Nada, the Hojun Maru drifted for fourteen months before running aground on the coast near Cape Flattery, . . . Map (db m8423) HM
24Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — From Military to Municipal Airfield
The history of Pearson Field goes back almost to the origins of mechanized flight itself. The landing site of Lincoln Beachey’s groundbreaking flight across the Columbia River from Portland to Vancouver, during the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition, . . . Map (db m8406) HM
25Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson
[Top marker]:In loving memory of Howard C. French Major Air Corps Reserve 1894 – 1938 Dedicated by his comrades of the 321st Observation Squadron United States Army Air Corps Reserve [Bottom marker]: In loving . . . Map (db m8962) HM
26Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Officers Row
When the U.S. Army arrived in 1849 to establish a new post on the western frontier, few of the officers could afford to bring their families out to such a remote and lonely command. A thriving community of soldiers, officers, wives, and children . . . Map (db m8527) HM
27Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Officers Row
Officers Row, a procession of homes for officers and their families, began during the early frontier years when Vancouver Barracks was considered by many to be a remote and lonely assignment. The first officer’s quarters on the Row wer log cabins . . . Map (db m8529) HM
28Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — 66 — Officers RowFort Vancouver Barracks
Registered National Historic Place Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 16, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating or . . . Map (db m8523) HM
29Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Pearson AirfieldAIAA Historic Aerospace Site
Pearson Field is the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest operating airports in the United States. It served as a major military airfield in the interwar years. In 1905, a dirigible originating from the nearby Lewis and . . . Map (db m153216) HM
30Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — St. James Mission — Officers Row —
Many employees of Fort Vancouver were of French-Canadian descent, and had been raised as Roman Catholics. Separated by thousands of miles from their home parishe, these men pleaded with the Bishop of Quebec to send them priests. The Reverend . . . Map (db m8964) HM
31Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The 321st Observation Squadron (1923-1941)
Although the U.S. Army allowed civilian aircraft to land at Vancouver Barracks beginning in 1905, military aircraft began operating here in 1921, when the U.S. Army Air Service established a landing field for an aviation forest patrol. The patrol . . . Map (db m8405) HM
32Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Artillery Barracks — Officers Row —
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 . . . Map (db m8742) HM
33Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Chkalov Transpolar FlightPearson Field
On June 20, 1937, the world’s attention turned to Pearson Field when a Russian ANT-25 aircraft landed after making the first non-stop flight over the North Pole. The red and gray, single-engined aircraft “Stalin’s Route” carried over . . . Map (db m50830) HM
34Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The First Fort Vancouver
In 1824 the Hudson's Bay Company chose this place as the site for a new fort which they named Vancouver in honor of the British explorer, George Vancouver. Little is knowns of this fort as it was moved early in 1829 to its now well-known location . . . Map (db m8403) HM
35Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Grant House — Officers Row —
When the U.S. Army arrived at Fort Vancouver in May of 1849, they quickly built nine log cabins for shelter against the upcoming winter. Shown here is the 1850 plan of the two-story post commander’s quarters. It is the only remaining structure built . . . Map (db m8499) HM
36Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Infantry Barracks — Officers Row —
The Infantry Barracks is the oldest surviving structure in Vancouver Barracks proper. It was constructed in 1887, one of three identical buildings built to house individual companies of the 14th Infantry. Though it was built prior to the . . . Map (db m8741) HM
37Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Marshall House — Officers Row —
As part of a natural reorganization, the U.S. Army returned the headquarters of the Department of the Columbia from Portland, Oregon to Fort Vancouver in 1878. As a result, the Army funded construction of several new buildings on Officers Row, . . . Map (db m8959) HM
38Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The O. O. Howard House — Officers Row —
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 . . . Map (db m8572) HM
39Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Post Hospital — Officers Row —
In 1904, the U.S. Army built a new Post Hospital at Vancouver Barracks as a part of a nationwide effort to modernize its forces. Unlike the previous one, the hospital was constructed with brick to enhance sanitation and boasted a spacious floor plan . . . Map (db m8739) HM
40Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Red Cross Convalescent House — Officers Row —
Following the nation’s entry into World War I, the American Red Cross was authorized to construct convalescent houses adjacent to military hospitals. These facilities provided recreation away from a hospital atmosphere, and helped boost the morale . . . Map (db m8743) HM
41Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Reservation Monument
[Side one of six]: Under the influence of Dr. John McLaughlin, Manager of the Hudson Bay Co., civilization of Washington started at Vancouver, A.D. 1825. [Side two of six]: The first school in Washington was taught by John Ball, at . . . Map (db m8383) HM
42Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Soviet Transpolar Flight of 1937Magnificent Triumph of Soviet Aviation
[Monument front]: Near this site at Pearson Airfield on June 20th, 1937, three Soviet aviators completed the first non-stop flight from the U.S.S.R. to the U.S.A. Command Pilot Valeri Chkalov, Co-Pilot Georgi Baidukov, and Navigator . . . Map (db m50831) HM
43Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Sutler's Store — Officers Row —
Until the late 19th century, the U. S. Army awarded sales commissions to civilian traders, known as sutlers. Each post or regiment was authorized to appoint one. Described as “a combination of saloon keeper and general store operator,” . . . Map (db m8963) HM
44Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — The Vancouver FarmFort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver was the first large scale farming operation n the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in 1825, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a number of farms and dairies in the area to reduce the high cost of importing food from England. . . . Map (db m92620) HM
45Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — U. S. Grant Memorial1853
General U.S. Grant when a young officer was stationed at Columbia Barracks, Vancouver, Washington. One mile east from here he planted potatoes to reduce the expense of his officer’s mess.Map (db m8424) HM
46Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground
On May 13, 1849, from the deck of the USS Massachusetts, the first U.S. Army troops in the Pacific Northwest spotted the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver. “Mr. Douglas, the resident Governor received us very politely and Major . . . Map (db m8496) HM
47Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Welcome to Fort Vancouver
The London-based Hudson's Bay Company established and extensive fur trading network throughout the Pacific Northwest, utilizing two dozen posts, six ships, and about 600 employees during peak seasons. Fort Vancouver was the administrative center and . . . Map (db m113943) HM
48Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Hudson Bay — Whose Anchor?
This anchor was dredged from the Columbia River in 1960 near Fort Vancouver’s wharf, one-quarter mile east of the Interstate 5 bridge. The anchor gives some answers about its history, but poses many more questions. It is a Rogers Paten Small-Palm . . . Map (db m8691) HM
49Washington, Clark County, Vancouver, Lincoln — Covington House
Erected 1848 by Richard and Anne Charlotte Covington on Fourth Plain. Boarding school was conducted herein in 1850. This building housed first piano in the Oregon Country and was center of social activity in entire region.Map (db m8517) HM
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Mar. 21, 2023