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This Week in Clark County History

September 1, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

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This week in Clark County history

August 25, 2023, 5:45am 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

This photo of La Center before the 1907 fire that burned most of the town's businesses shows the bridge the safecrackers noisily crossed in the background. They came up the road and entered the village, attempting to crack two safes, one in a saloon and the other in a store. Instead, they started a fire that burned out the town. As they left they dropped a half-full liquor bottle on the bridge. They were never caught. The sole business left standing was a blacksmith shop.

Clark County History: 1907 La Center fire

This photo of La Center before the 1907 fire that burned most of the town's businesses shows the bridge the safecrackers noisily crossed in the background. They came up the road and entered the village, attempting to crack two safes, one in a saloon and the other in a store. Instead, they started a fire that burned out the town. As they left they dropped a half-full liquor bottle on the bridge. They were never caught. The sole business left standing was a blacksmith shop.

August 19, 2023, 6:06am Clark County Life

In the wee hours of Sept. 26, 1907, horse hooves clomped across the La Center bridge. The noise awakened one nearby resident. Had he arisen from bed, his curiosity may have kept the village from burning. Instead, he rolled over and fell back asleep. He didn’t realize that two noisy… Read story

This week in Clark County history

August 18, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

100 years ago Read story

Walter Cleland conducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in December 1986. The Nebraska farm boy with perfect pitch spent his life teaching, conducting and writing music and could play any instrument he picked up. He started several music groups in Vancouver before launching the Vancouver Symphony. He retired in 1990.

Clark County History: Cleland starts Vancouver symphony

Walter Cleland conducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in December 1986. The Nebraska farm boy with perfect pitch spent his life teaching, conducting and writing music and could play any instrument he picked up. He started several music groups in Vancouver before launching the Vancouver Symphony. He retired in 1990.

August 12, 2023, 6:10am Clark County Life

At 5 years old, Walter Cleland began playing the piano and didn’t stop until he died in 1995. Music filled his life. Read story

This week in Clark County history

August 11, 2023, 5:16am 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

Vergne "Vern" C. Gorst (1876-1953), Pacific Air Transport owner and president, stands left of Claude Ryan, manufacturer of Ryan airplanes often used for airmail runs. The two had just finished a 1926 survey flight of Gorst's West Coast route. Boeing Air Transport bought Gorst's company in 1928. The merger led to United Airlines, making him the "granddaddy" of the airline.

Clark County history: Klondike gold seeker Vern Gorst

Vergne "Vern" C. Gorst (1876-1953), Pacific Air Transport owner and president, stands left of Claude Ryan, manufacturer of Ryan airplanes often used for airmail runs. The two had just finished a 1926 survey flight of Gorst's West Coast route. Boeing Air Transport bought Gorst's company in 1928. The merger led to United Airlines, making him the "granddaddy" of the airline.

August 5, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

A successful Klondike gold seeker, Vern Gorst, turned his gain toward flight in 1913. Before that, he dabbled in transportation, creating a boat motor launch service, an automobile business, and several West Coast bus lines. With an eye to the future of transportation, he watched the brothers Wright closely, even… Read story

This week in Clark County history

August 4, 2023, 5:51am 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

This Week in Clark County history

July 29, 2023, 5:50am Clark County Life

100 years ago Read story

David Douglas (1799-1834) used Fort Vancouver as a base camp for his travels to what's now Eastern Washington and Idaho, collecting seeds and plant specimens to send back to England for taxonomy classification. He's best known for the tree named after him, the Douglas fir, but many plants and animals bear his name also.

Clark County History: David Douglas

David Douglas (1799-1834) used Fort Vancouver as a base camp for his travels to what's now Eastern Washington and Idaho, collecting seeds and plant specimens to send back to England for taxonomy classification. He's best known for the tree named after him, the Douglas fir, but many plants and animals bear his name also.

July 22, 2023, 6:26am Clark County Life

In early 1825, passengers waited six weeks aboard the William and Ann for the sea to calm before crossing the dangerous Columbia River Bar. Paddlers canoed Dr. John McLoughlin to meet the ship and bring its passengers to the unfinished Fort Vancouver. There, youthful Scottish scientist David Douglas handed a… Read story