North Barracks site topic of history talk




Jack Giesen will discuss the North Vancouver Barracks in a military history talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Most local residents think of the Vancouver Barracks as a site that goes from the Columbia River to Evergreen Boulevard. For nearly a century, the Vancouver Barracks was much larger, stretching from the Columbia River north to what is now Fourth Plain Boulevard.

Giesen, a retired U.S. Army master sergeant, will discuss its many different uses, including Camp Hathaway, a training center and barracks where many soldiers prepared for deployment to Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

Nearby was Barnes Army Hospital, as well as the Post Cemetery, established in the 1880s.

There is no admission fee, but seating is limited to 70 people.