Clark County residents will have the chance to invest in preserving local history starting next week, when the city of Vancouver begins selling $1.5 million in mini bonds to finance part of an $8.3 million Fort Vancouver West Barracks renovation project near Officers Row.
In an April 12 story in our Sunday Life section, Columbian reporter Tom Vogt wrote of an astonishing number of Civil War officers — Union and Confederate — who served at Vancouver either before or after the war.
A year-long renovation of four historic wooden buildings at Fort Vancouver's West Barracks will begin this summer, converting the Artillery Barracks, Infantry Barracks, Quartermaster Storehouse and Dental Surgeon's Building into residential apartments and space for office, retail and hospitality use.
Ramming and priming, sure. But biting and spitting? They're all part of loading a Civil War-era musket. Several volunteers recently went through the drill — literally — to prepare for the historic weapons program at Fort Vancouver. Re-enactors honed their skills for the summer schedule of black powder shooting demonstrations at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.