Travel Through Time with Historic Monuments at Vancouver Washington!

In May 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and his good friend Second Lieutenant William Clark started an expedition, commissioned by then President Thomas Jefferson. Today, this trail is known to us as the Lewis and Clerk expedition (not to be confused with Clark Kent and Lois Lane of Superman).

Essentially these chaps were brave enough to cross the vast continent, not knowing what to expect and encountering perils (such as grizzly bears) along the way. Nonetheless, the journey was finally completed in 1806 and the expedition team not only opened up a route from Eastern USA to Western USA, but also discovered many economic opportunities (think natural resources) and most importantly, the Western side to the Pacific Ocean.

It was also on this journey that the original Vancouver (Vancouver Washington, not Vancouver Canada) was discovered and subsequently established several years later. With this long history, it is little wonder that the entire Vancouver Washington is sprinkled with many historic monuments, still maintained in excellent condition, to be shared with visitors like you and me!

 Clock Tower at Esther Short Park Downtown Vancouver
Clock Tower at Esther Short Park Downtown Vancouver

 Slocum House Vancouver Washington
Slocum House – Yes it was an ULTRA MISTY DAY!

Once considered the most elegant homes in Vancouver, this Italianate villa’s ornate details including a cupola, elaborate cornice, scrolled brackets, and a widow’s walk on the roof. Built by Charles and Laura Slocum, it was nearly lost to development in the 1960s. Activists saved the home from demolition by moving it a block north. Today the building is home to the Old Slocum House Theatre Company, which stages a number of theatrical productions annually at this historic site

 Lloyd Dubois House Vancouver Washington
Lloyd Dubois House

This Queen Anne-style home, originally owned by the editor and publisher of the city’s newspaper, features a broad, wrap-around porch supported by turned posts, jigsaw brackets and a balustrade.

 Langsdorf House Vancouver Washington
Langsdorf House

This Craftsman Bungalow with its flat wall planes of brick, low pitched hip roof, and unusual porch is influenced by the Midwestern Prairie style rarely seen in Clark County.

 Kettenring House Vancouver Washington
Kettenring House

This residence is characterised as an American Foursquare with classic Craftsman elements and ornamentation and retains the original multi-paired windows and curved rafter ends. Fred Kettenring moved to Vancouver in 1901 to take charge of the Great Northern Railroad’s construction and later became the City Engineer.

 Chumasero-Smith House Vancouver Washington
Chumasero-Smith House

This American Foursquare is the oldest known home in Washington to be built by a Filipino-American. The structure features classic columns supporting the heavy cornice on the porch, diamond shingles on the front dormer and a steeply pitched, hipped roof.

 Post Office Vancouver Main
Post Office Vancouver Main

This brick post office with front columns is representative of Classical Revival architectural style.

 St James Catholic Church Vancouver Washington
St James Catholic Church Vancouver Washington

 W. Foster Hidden House Vancouver WashingtonW. Foster Hidden House

Lowell Hidden’s son, Foster, built this two-story Colonial Revival home with Flemish bond brickwork, a columned portico, heavy corner quoins and an elaborate cornice with block modillions.

 Lowell M Hidden House
Lowell M Hidden House

Lowell Hidden, owner of the Hidden Brick Company, built this two-story Queen Anne-style home with ornamental brick patterns, stained glass windows and a corbeled chimney.

 Kiggins Theatre Vancouver Washington
Kiggins Theatre

 US National Bank Building Vancouver Washington
US National Bank Building

Tall, fluted columns on projecting plinths frame an arched entrace to this five-story building that is an example of early 20th century Commercial style.

 Evergreen Hotel Vancouver Washington
Evergreen Hotel

 Vancouver National Bank Building
Vancouver National Bank Building

Originally made of molded stone construction the facade of this building was covered with the current terra cotta design in 1926.

History of Officers Row Vancouver Washington
History of Officers Row Vancouver Washington

 Officer's Row Vancouver Washington
Officer’s Row Vancouver Washington

 Grant House along Officer's Row - Now a restaurant
Grant House along Officer’s Row – Now a restaurant

 Marshall House Officer's Row
Marshall House Officer’s Row

For more than a century, the 21 buildings along the north side of Evergreen Blvd housed soldiers, officers and military families stationed at Vancouver Barracks. Three of the more notable properties are the Grand House, built in 1849, the General O.O. Howard House, constructed in 1879 and the Marshall House built in 1886. The homes are characterised by high ceilings, large foyers, sweeping staircases, bay windows, multiple fireplaces and numerous rooms which housed company or field grade officers.

 Vancouver Barracks in front of Officer's Row
Vancouver Barracks in front of Officer’s Row

 Fort Gazebo
Fort Gazebo

 Fort Bastion
Fort Bastion

 WW2 encampment at Fort Vancouver
WW2 encampment at Fort Vancouver

 Pearson Air Museum
Pearson Air Museum

Historic Monuments Vancouver Washington
Historic Monuments Vancouver Washington

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Remember, Vancouver Washington was named “Vancouver” before Vancouver Canada. This also means that for a travel destination that is rich in heritage, history and monuments, Vancouver Washington would be a great place for you to explore. There’s also great natural formations in Vancouver Washington too!

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