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This week in Clark County history

By Katie Bush, public historian at the Clark County Historical Museum
Published: October 20, 2023, 5:45am

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 Oct. 19, 1923, residents from British Columbia to Mexico celebrated the opening of “a paved highway.” After many years of construction, the Pacific Highway “was thrown open to travel … with the exception of a less than one mile detour just north of Kelso” which remained closed until Oct. 25.

  • 75 years ago

On Oct. 19, 1948, a “traveling trophy for the Southern Division basketball league became a reality.” Measuring about 24 inches high, it featured a regulation-sized basketball mounted on a large base with the names of past winners since league’s inception in 1928. The massive medal would be presented annually by the Vancouver Columbian. The inaugural year of the award saw a three-way tie between Battle Ground, Camas and Longview. In the case of a tie, co-champs’ names would be listed alphabetically, and each team would hold onto the trophy until the naming of the next victor.

  • 50 years ago

Budget woes facing the city of Vancouver put a 30-year landmark on the chopping block. The Trapadero Teen Club had used a Marshall Community Center rec room as its home base since it was established in 1944. The Trap, as it was affectionately called, operated under the parks department, which faced cuts to its entire budget. However, outcry from students and residents led the city to continue funding the Trap into the first half of 1974.

  • 25 years ago

On Oct. 18, 1998, The Columbian chronicled the recent $50 million remodel at three Vancouver school district high schools that “brought cutting-edge classrooms, tons of technology, and sprawling commons” to students — without lockers. The move, embraced by administrators, forced pupils to load up their backpacks. While most students carried less than 15 pounds, some lugged “more than 20 pounds of books and binders” leading to backaches by the end of the day. Schools began looking for other solutions: two sets of books, storage shelves, or even a few sets of lockers.