Today I’m supposed to post about where I live. Welcome to the wonderful world of Vancouver, Washington . . . . a place not many know exist. Even those who live in Washington. But we’re used to it. We’re eclipsed by our sister across the river, Portland, Oregon. For most people, we’re just a spot on the map they have to pass through to get to the green capital of the world.
Here’s an idea of where we are:
Here are a few historical facts:
Headquarters of Hudson’s Bay Company (established 1825) and named Fort Vancouver. You can read about the history here.
In 1806, American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William 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.” Even in 1806, we rocked.
Oldest permanent non-native settlement in Pacific Northwest (1825)
Oldest living apple tree in Pacific Northwest (planted 1826) I’ve seen it. It just looks like a large, nasty old tree. But it still grows apples!
First sawmill in Pacific Northwest (1827)
Oldest public square in Pacific Northwest (Esther Short Park, 1855)
Notable soldiers who served at Vancouver Barracks:
- Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
- Gen. George McClellan
- Gen. Philip Sheridan
- Gen. O.O. Howard
- Gen. George C. Marshall
- One of the oldest continuously operated airports in the country (Pearson Field, 1905-present)
- World’s largest spruce lumber mill for airplane construction during World War I
- Pearson Field, landing site of first transpolar flight (Soviet, 1937)
- Major shipbuilding center during World War II
I bet you’re just shocked you’ve never heard of such an important place . . . right? Yeah, whatever.
I love the ‘Couve (one of the many nicknames of our city and much nicer sounding than “Vantucky.”) You can live here and not feel like you live in the craziness of Portland. Yet the wonderfulness of Portland (and there is so. much. wonderfulness) is just a 15 minute drive away. I think it’s the perfect place to live!