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This Week in Clark County History

April 14, 2023, 5:03am Clark County Life

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

Reed graduate and poet Laurence Pratt (1888-1996) worked in the Camas Crown Willamette mill, later writing a book of sonnets about people in the mill and Camas. Here, he appears to have examined a piece of writing and is the only one in the photo sour about it.

Clark County history: Poet Laurence Pratt

Reed graduate and poet Laurence Pratt (1888-1996) worked in the Camas Crown Willamette mill, later writing a book of sonnets about people in the mill and Camas. Here, he appears to have examined a piece of writing and is the only one in the photo sour about it.

April 9, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

Few now recall the poet Laurence Pratt who spent most of his life in and around Portland and Southwest Washington. A prolific writer, Pratt penned numerous poetry books and three partly autobiographical prose volumes about his experiences growing up and living in the area. He often contributed to the Oregonian’s… Read story

This Week in Clark County History

April 7, 2023, 5:04am Clark County Life

100 years ago Read story

One small fish provided Native peoples with both nutrition and light. The eulachon, also known as smelt or candlefish, often provided hungry Indigenous tribes with food until spring. Meriwether Lewis was the first to document this life-sized smelt on this page of his journal. Throughout the 1800s, the Columbia River had immense spawning runs of millions.

Clark County history: Salvation fish

One small fish provided Native peoples with both nutrition and light. The eulachon, also known as smelt or candlefish, often provided hungry Indigenous tribes with food until spring. Meriwether Lewis was the first to document this life-sized smelt on this page of his journal. Throughout the 1800s, the Columbia River had immense spawning runs of millions.

April 2, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

Writing with a quill pen, Meriwether Lewis entered in his journal on Feb. 24, 1806, that a Clatsop chief came to trade. The chief also brought some small fish that were running in the Columbia River tributaries. Lewis sketched the fish life-sized in his journal and made entries surrounding it.… Read story

From left to right: Volunteers Rory Jensen, Dexter Abernathy and Alex Sample reenact the conditions experienced by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Vancouver Barracks during a CCC 90th anniversary event Saturday at Fort Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver reenactors tell it like it was in 1933

From left to right: Volunteers Rory Jensen, Dexter Abernathy and Alex Sample reenact the conditions experienced by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Vancouver Barracks during a CCC 90th anniversary event Saturday at Fort Vancouver.

April 1, 2023, 6:19pm Clark County News

The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center Annex Building was transformed Saturday into a reenactment of the barracks in 1933 that housed enrollees of the Civilian Conservation Corps in celebration of the organization’s 90th anniversary. Read story

This week in Clark County history

March 31, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

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

Vietnam veteran Patrick Locke, left, hands out commemorative pins and papers to other veterans before the Witness Tree dedication at Clark College.

Clark College event honors those who served in Vietnam

Vietnam veteran Patrick Locke, left, hands out commemorative pins and papers to other veterans before the Witness Tree dedication at Clark College.

March 29, 2023, 6:48pm Clark County News

Patrick Locke knows the horrors of war. The Army veteran served two tours in Vietnam, during which he was shot three times. On Wednesday morning, he had one message for the Vietnam War veterans sitting in a room at Clark College: We are still healing. Read story

After World War II, several surplus Mustang F-51 fighters like this one were assigned to the Oregon Air National Guard. One spun into Vancouver Lake in 1951, nearly causing a news blackout. During the lake's dredging, olive-drab airplane parts were recovered thirty years later. Mysteriously they belonged to an Aircobra P-39.

Clark County History: Crashes into Vancouver Lake

After World War II, several surplus Mustang F-51 fighters like this one were assigned to the Oregon Air National Guard. One spun into Vancouver Lake in 1951, nearly causing a news blackout. During the lake's dredging, olive-drab airplane parts were recovered thirty years later. Mysteriously they belonged to an Aircobra P-39.

March 26, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

Like its deeper, bigger cousin, the Pacific Ocean, shallow Vancouver Lake doesn’t give up dead airplanes easily. The depth of the Pacific embraces them, but the lake’s muck entombs them. Two fighter planes crashed into its silty water and disappeared. Neither flew from Pearson Field, but one was from the… Read story

This Week in Clark County History

March 24, 2023, 5:55am Clark County Life

100 years ago Read story

Event at Clark College to commemorate 50 years since Vietnam

March 22, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

The Community Military Appreciation Committee is hosting an event on March 29 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Read story