Series of walking tours begins Friday at noon

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The Clark County Historical Museum’s annual program of walking tours begins Friday with a noon stroll past some downtown Vancouver landmarks.

The first Architectural Walking Tour of the 2011 season will start at the museum, 1511 Main St. It will take place rain or shine, so participants should dress appropriately for all types of weather.

The 40-minute walk will offer a guided tour of some of downtown’s most interesting brick buildings. It will include the story of the brick-making Hidden family, and how the brick industry expanded the young Vancouver economy at the start of the 20th century. There also will be stories about the people who lived, worked and worshiped within those buildings.

The museum will offer 40-minute tours — about a mile — through different parts of downtown at noon each Friday through Sept. 2. Cost is $2 for Historical Society members, and $5 for nonmembers.

There also will be two-hour walks every other Saturday from June 11 through Aug. 20. Saturday walks — about two miles — are from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $5 for members, and $10 for nonmembers.

Reservations are encouraged but not required; call 360-993-5679.