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The Region

  • Cedar Grist MillVancouver is the fourth largest city in the state of Washington with a population of 174,826. It is located in Clark County, the oldest county in the state, which has a total population of 459,495. 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

  • Blurry Fair RideIn 2017, Sunset named Vancouver's Main Street among the "Best in the West"
  • The Clark County Fair, which takes place every August is listed in the Top 10 National Summer Fairs by livability.com
  • According to Amazon.com, in 2016 Vancouver was the 12th Most Romantic City in the Nation, based on the community’s purchases at the online-retailer.
  • According to The Atlantic, in 2012 Vancouver shared 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.

History

  • Fort Bastion ActorsFort 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 Field is the oldest continually operating airfield in the U.S. It was also the landing site of the first transpolar flight from Moscow in 1937, which took more than 63 hours!
  • Established in 1849 by the U.S. Army, the Vancouver Barracks was the first American military post in the Pacific Northwest/ 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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