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This week in Clark County history

By Katie Bush, public historian at the Clark County Historical Museum
Published: February 3, 2023, 5:16am

A weekly look back compiled by the Clark County Historical Museum from The Columbian archives available at columbian.newspapers.com or at the museum.

  • 100 years ago

On Groundhog Day in 1923, the North American rodent “ambled out of his hibernating quarters … blinked his sleepy eyes in the glaring sunlight, yawned humorously” and went back into his den, declaring six more weeks of winter.

  • 75 years ago

Despite the sun shining bright “to usher in the day of groundhogs” on Feb. 2, 1948, the venerable woodchuck saw its shadow. Vancouver was scheduled for “much more winter” that year.

  • 50 years ago

The Columbian sent out a photographer to “find a groundhog for a traditional Groundhog Day interview” on Feb. 2, 1973.

The photographer returned with an image of a snake from the Portland Zoo. It was unclear what prognostications the Nebraska hognose made regarding the coming of the spring.

  • 25 years ago

Despite changing weather patterns and an approaching El Niño, Punxsutawney Phil declared six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2, 1998.