Celebrating the rich history of our community, we explore the roots of Vancouver and Clark County. Read past stories exploring local communities, towns and people.

Through photos and articles you will gain a better understanding of the history of this wonderful community we live in!

Historical People

A brief history of some very interesting people in Clark County's past. Click here to read about people that helped shape this area.

Lewis and Clark: Their journey took 2 years four months and sixteen days.

The Columbian Timeline

From 1890 to the new Columbian building, take a look at the history of The Columbian Newspaper.

Clark County: Volume I, II and III

Discover Clark County's history as seen through the eyes of photographers, local museums and contributions from the community. These beautiful coffee table books make a great gift or addition to your own collection of historic books. Call The Columbian at 360.694.3391 or send an e-mail to circulation@columbian.com.

Mt. St. Helens

Then and Now: Mount Saint Helens - May 18th 1980

Disasters and more

Flood of 1948
River Frozen
Columbus Day Storm
The tornado of April 5, 1972
The tornado of January 10, 2008
Yacolt Burn 1902

Clark County Names

Names in Clark County
Battle Ground where there was no battle ... How did Minnehaha get its name?

Vancouver History

Christening Ceremony
From furs to frivolity, city boasts firsts
Vancouver (through World War II)
Single Vote Robbed Vancouver of State Capitol
A Look Back at Vancouver History


I-205 Bridge
Highway 14
Interstate 5
Early River Crossing
Pearson Airport