History

Bit of HiStory: Christmas at the Fort

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Winter nights are long and dark in the Pacific Northwest. Before electric lights, the moon and the stars lit the countryside. Unfortunately, in the Pacific Northwest the winter skies are usually clouded over. So, against the midwinter dark, lanterns and candles glowed in the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort and the adjacent village. The fur bearing… Read More

Bit of HiStory: The Ghost of Officers Row

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Community, History, In Print

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Almost dead center of Officers Row near Fort Vancouver stands The Grant House, the oldest house on the row, the only home still standing from the original nine built in 1849. It was the commanding officer’s residence and was the home of many distinguished military men. Over the years it served many purposes from officer’s… Read More

Bit of HiStory: Yacolt Burn

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Community, History, In Print

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The winter of 1901-02 was a long, wet one for Southwest Washington. But eventually the warm sun of spring was welcomed, crops and wildflowers burst from the ground, and the season became warm and unseasonably dry. As the days lengthened, the hot dry weather continued. By Tuesday, September 12, 1902, it hadn’t rained in 77… Read More