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Quick Facts

The Region

  • Grist Mill & Cedar CreekVancouver is the fourth largest city in the state of Washington with a population of 159,000. It is located in Clark County, the oldest and fastest growing county in the state, which has a total population of 425,000. Clark County includes the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Amboy and Yacolt.
  • Southwest Washington enjoys beautiful summers and mild winters. Contrary to popular belief, the area gets far less rainfall than many popular destination cities. Check out our current weather conditions
  • Located at latitude 45.64’N and 122.66’W on the north shore of the Columbia River, Vancouver is just north of Portland, Oregon. It is 100 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, 164 miles south of Seattle and 120 miles north of Eugene, Oregon.
  • Portland International Airport is just 15 minutes away and services Vancouver and Clark County. 

Fun Facts

  • CC Fair RideThe Clark County Fair, which takes place every August is listed in the Top 10 National Summer Fairs by livability.com
  • According to Amazon.com, Vancouver is the sixth Most Romantic City in the Nation, based on the community’s purchases at the online-retailer.
  • According to The Atlantic, Vancouver shares the honor with Portland, Oregon, of being the 10th most peaceful metropolitan region in the United States.
  • Vancouver was designated as a Preserve America Community in 2005 for its preservation efforts of the community’s cultural and natural heritage resources.
  • In 2005, Vancouver ranked among Money Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Live, a listing that considered education, economy, crime rate, employment, and arts and cultural offerings in cities all across America.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation put Vancouver on its list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2003, an annual honor bestowed on unique and lovingly-preserved communities in the United States.
  • With more than 40 miles of urban trails in Clark County, it’s no wonder that Vancouver received the Walkable Community Award from Walking Magazine in 1999.

History

  • EngageFort Vancouver was established in 1825 by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a fur trading post and provisional center. It became the center of political, cultural and commercial activities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Vancouver, which was incorporated in 1857, is named after British explorer Captain George Vancouver. Clark County was named in honor of the great explorer William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • In the 1920s, Clark County was considered the prune capital of the world, which was then the nation’s most popular breakfast fruit.
  • Vancouver is home to Washington’s oldest apple tree. Planted in 1826, this tree is considered the “great grandfather” of the Washington State apple industry. The tree has its own festival every October.
  • The community hub, Esther Short Park, is located in downtown Vancouver and is the oldest public square in the West. The 5.4-acre park was dedicated in 1855 and still remains the area’s gathering place.
  • Pearson Close upPearson Field is the oldest continually operating airfield in the U.S. Located at Fort Vancouver it houses a museum and educational center focusing on air flight history. It was also the landing site of the first transpolar flight from Moscow in 1937, which took over 63 hours!
  • Established in 1849 by the U.S. Army, the Vancouver Barracks was the first American military post in the Pacific Northwest, representing present-day Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Notable soldiers who served at the Vancouver Barracks included President Ulysses S. Grant, Gen. George McClellan, Gen. Philip Sheridan, Gen. O.O. Howard, and Gen. George C. Marshall.

 


 

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