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Vancouver, Washington

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Cata at "Vancouver, USA"

Yes, there is a Vancouver in Washington and so as not to be confused with its more famous northerly neighbor it's affectionately known as Vancouver, USA. For thousands of years, the Vancouver area was home to native people who flourished on the bounty of forest and river. Its name came in 1792 when British Lt. William Broughton, serving under Capt. George Vancouver, explored 100 miles upriver and named a point of land along the shore in honor of his commander.

In 1806, American explorers Lewis & Clark camped near the Vancouver waterfront on the return leg of their famed western expedition. Lewis characterized the area as “the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.” Indeed, In 1825 Dr. John McLoughlin decided to move the northwest headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company from Astoria to a more favorable setting upriver.

In 1849, American troops arrived to establish Columbia Barracks, later to be called Vancouver Barracks. It served as military headquarters for much of the Pacific Northwest. Some notable soldiers who served at Vancouver Barracks were:

  • Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
  • Gen. George McClellan
  • Gen. Philip Sheridan
  • Gen. O.O. Howard
  • Gen. George C. Marshall

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