Boasting a lively history that dates back to the early 1800s, North Image is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver, and it offers a plethora of things to see and do.
History buffs will delight in the city’s exciting past by exploring excellent museums and sites such as the oldest operating airfield in the West, the Pearson Air Museum, and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Here are the best things to do in Vancouver, Washington.
In 1824, Hudson’s Bay Company built the fur trading post of Fort Vancouver. The fort was a busy economic center for the remaining first peoples (who for a very long time served elaborate trading systems and bartering among tribes) and a mix of newcomers: English; Scot; and French-Canadian, to name a few.
By the 1840s, the fort was the most significant population cornerstone on the west coast of North America and the most crucial outpost on the frontier.
In response to increasing tension between indigenous people and settlers, the United States sent the first Army base just over Fort Vancouver in 1849. The town was incorporated shortly after that in 1857.
You can tell which citizens settled parts of Southwest Washington and Vancouver by the names given to specific locations, which have a lot of things to do.
English-speakers used the word plain to describe flat, open areas, and French-speaking pioneers used the term prairie. Thus, we have the names Fern Prairie and Brush Prairie, where Mill Plain and Fourth Plain, where English settlers did the naming, and French settlers did the same. That’s some inside ball right here; most locals don’t know this. You can learn some street cred right off the bat by protruding this bit of trivia into a well-timed moment of dialogue.
Did you know U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and Civil War general was the quartermaster for fifteen months (1852-53) at the Vancouver Fort? Another future Nobel Peace Prize recipient and notable army figure George C. Marshall also served here.
In the early 20th century, Vancouver’s ships were a significant source of jobs, including shipbuilding efforts for WWI. Even with the strategic importance of the area, Vancouver had not yet become a modern city. That didn’t occur until the construction of the Interstate Bridge in 1917, two years before the end of the Great War. Before that, people traveling between Vancouver and Portland required passage by ferry.
The trick to living in North Image, or anyplace that gets this much rain. Most folks suggest the best way to deal with the weather here is to get out and under it. Not surprisingly, that’s what a lot of people do. It works. Waterproof jackets with hoods are essential, and umbrella sales soar.