Fort officials seek spruce mill items



With a national World War I exhibit visiting Saturday, archaeologists are hoping to highlight a local chapter of that era in history.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site wants to reach out to the families of former WWI Spruce Production Division soldiers for stories, memories, photos, letters and other objects they are willing to share.

During the war, the area now managed by the National Park Service site had the world’s largest spruce mill. The wood, logged from Northwest forests, was used to build airplanes for the war effort.

Families can contact Northwest Cultural Resources Institute curator Theresa Langford at 360-816-6252 or by email at

The free “Honoring Our History” tour organized by the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., will be at Pearson Air Museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., is waiving admission fees Saturday.