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Students dig into Clark County history during archaeology summer field school

July 8, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

If you’ve driven by the Columbia River waterfront in the last couple of weeks, you’ve likely noticed a group of students digging through the land near Who Song & Larry’s… Read story

Apartments going up by Providence Academy; smokestack’s fate to be decided

June 24, 2021, 6:02am Business

A new apartment complex is rising adjacent to the Providence Academy as the historic building’s owner, the Historic Trust, welcomes a new interim president and a newly finished balcony —… Read story

This example of an early 19th century Japanese junk looks much like the one a Japanese typhoon severely damaged in 1832 and blew away from the island and into the Pacific Ocean. There it drifted for months following Pacific currents as its crew slowly died from starvation or scurvy. Only three young sailors made it to the Washington coast. They were quickly enslaved by the first Indigenous tribe they met but later freed by the Hudson's Bay Company with the efforts of chief factor, John McLoughlin.

Clark County History: Japanese Castaways

This example of an early 19th century Japanese junk looks much like the one a Japanese typhoon severely damaged in 1832 and blew away from the island and into the Pacific Ocean. There it drifted for months following Pacific currents as its crew slowly died from starvation or scurvy. Only three young sailors made it to the Washington coast. They were quickly enslaved by the first Indigenous tribe they met but later freed by the Hudson's Bay Company with the efforts of chief factor, John McLoughlin.

June 13, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Life

Evidence shows Asian ships touched the West Coast, either by plan or fate, before Columbus. In October 1832, the Hojun-maru left Nagoya Japan loaded with porcelain, rice and a full crew. Read story

About 1920, two men in business-like dress stand near the doorway of the decaying Covington House at its original Orchards site on Covington Road. The Clark County Historical Society (then the Fort Vancouver Historical Society) and the Vancouver Women's Club planned on moving the cabin log by log in 1926 and rebuilt it about 1928 at today's location on Main Street near the Kiggins Bowl.

Clark County History: Covington House

About 1920, two men in business-like dress stand near the doorway of the decaying Covington House at its original Orchards site on Covington Road. The Clark County Historical Society (then the Fort Vancouver Historical Society) and the Vancouver Women's Club planned on moving the cabin log by log in 1926 and rebuilt it about 1928 at today's location on Main Street near the Kiggins Bowl.

May 16, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Life

Tired of transient teachers for his employees’ children, John McLoughlin, chief factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, sent to England for a teacher. He got a couple. They traveled from England around Cape Horn, then to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), from there sailing the Pacific to the… Read story

An experiment that failed: a portable iron boat frame that could be assembled, covered with stretched hides and used to carry provisions.

Kelso author details legendary, yet ‘undertold,’ trip of Lewis and Clark

An experiment that failed: a portable iron boat frame that could be assembled, covered with stretched hides and used to carry provisions.

January 21, 2021, 6:00am Clark County Life

It may have ascended from history to legend, but the complete story of Lewis and Clark’s epic expedition to the Pacific Ocean has never been told. Read story

Basil Dhanens is shown with a biplane in 1931 that he probably built in his garage near today's Highway 99 and 78th Street. He was also a one-man water department and airport operator. A Belgian immigrant, pilot, weatherman and entrepreneur, he was so popular that Hazel Dell almost changed its name to Basilville.

Clark County History: Hazel Dell Airport

Basil Dhanens is shown with a biplane in 1931 that he probably built in his garage near today's Highway 99 and 78th Street. He was also a one-man water department and airport operator. A Belgian immigrant, pilot, weatherman and entrepreneur, he was so popular that Hazel Dell almost changed its name to Basilville.

October 18, 2020, 6:04am Clark County Life

A garage, an airport, a well and a weather station almost changed the name of Hazel Dell. As a youthful Belgian immigrant, Basil Dhanens (1894-1972), traveled across the country to live with Clark County relatives on their farm. Arriving at Portland’s Union Station, he possessed $1.50, black bread, a sausage… Read story

Isabel Alanis, 12, takes notes on the historic steering wheel from a Columbia River ferry during an Odyssey Middle School class visit to the Clark County Historical Museum's new "Currents of Progress" exhibit.

Clark County Historical Museum exhibit navigates river transportation, education

Isabel Alanis, 12, takes notes on the historic steering wheel from a Columbia River ferry during an Odyssey Middle School class visit to the Clark County Historical Museum's new "Currents of Progress" exhibit.

October 13, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Yesteryear’s children loved exploring the Clark County Historical Museum because they could get their big imaginations, if not their little mitts, on authentic artifacts like this six-foot wheel from a real Columbia River ferry. Read story

Woodland resident Bob Nelson now owns one of the totem poles that used to be in the old Totem Pole Restaurant.

Clark Asks: What happened to the totem pole at the old Totem Pole Restaurant?

Woodland resident Bob Nelson now owns one of the totem poles that used to be in the old Totem Pole Restaurant.

September 28, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

In the latest installment of Clark Asks, the Columbian’s online project that lets readers enlist reporters to answer all their burning questions, one reader posed an inquiry about a historic, now-defunct restaurant. Read story

Fay Blackburn holds a photograph from her wedding to Reid Blackburn, a Columbian photographer who died while covering the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.

Columbian photographer’s cameras in Space Needle time capsule

Fay Blackburn holds a photograph from her wedding to Reid Blackburn, a Columbian photographer who died while covering the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.

September 22, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

A time capsule in the Seattle Space Needle to be opened in 2062 will include two cameras that were with Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn when he died in the May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens eruption. Read story

Off Beat: War was more than guns, gore for a Reedie on a foreign shore

October 11, 2015, 5:53pm Clark County News

It takes a special kind of traveler to admire bronze antiquities and earn a Bronze Star within the span of a month. Read story