What Is Vancouver, WA Known For?


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Vancouver was incorporated in 1857 and was a center of fur trading for many years. Fort Vancouver is now a national historic site, and the city is the fourth-largest in Washington and the county seat of Clark County.

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Trade was centered on the Fort Vancouver trading post on the Columbia River. The town also historically had a heavy military presence as former home to the Vancouver Barracks, and also was once a shipbuilding center for the U.S. Navy.

Today, Vancouver is often included as part of a shared metropolitan area with Portland due to the cities' close proximity. Collectively the two cities are the 24th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The Interstate Bridge connects the two cities and has a negative reputation for traffic congestion.

Historical points of interest in Vancouver include the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, the former home of Ulysses S. Grant and other military officers at Officer's Row, the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and the George C. Marshall House. The Vancouver Land Bridge over the Columbia River is known for its views of Mt. Hood. Vancouver is also home to the Clark County Historical Museum, the Pearson Field and Pearson Air Museum and the Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard Memorial. The Newberry Volcano is also in the region and is one of the largest in the United States.

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