Views of Clark County - Land Bridge Connects to Fort Vancouver

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Columbia River Land Bridge

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year and is encouraging everyone to visit their local park and appreciate their importance in our society. We are fortunate to have one of those national treasures right here in Clark County - the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Much has been written about the Park and its significance as the original 1824 site of the Hudson Bay Trading Company, the first major settlement in the Northwest.  While the Fort is easily accessible by driving East from the I-5 freeway to the Visitor Center, a more interesting approach is walking over the Columbia River Land Bridge.

Connections to The Fort, The Old Apple Tree, and more.

Designed by famed architect Maya Lin, the Land Bridge reconnects the Columbia River with Fort Vancouver via a footpath from the South over State Highway 14. It is a relatively easy walk, and a meaningful historical experience for all ages. A brief walk from the Columbia River Renaissance Waterfront Trail, past the Old Apple Tree Park takes you to the South Portal to the bridge. Passing under the crossed oars, a slight incline takes you along Native petroglyphs, basket weavings, and indigenous plants.  The path levels out at the first of two lookout points that offer sweeping views of the Columbia River and the flat plain where the original Fort was built. For a virtual walk of the bridge, view the overlooks at River or Land, then continue along the path in either direction.  (Click carefully on the walkway, or you’ll end up on Highway 14!)

The Bridge is a great family outing, and a way for all of us to learn about the connection between the original Native population and the settlement of the region.  A Language Walk, featuring words in several Native languages, describes the land, people and river.  An historical time-line with photo murals shows how the landscape and region has changed over time.  This visual journey serves as a wonderful introduction to the Fort and its historical connection to our region.

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David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
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Cool looking entry with those big canoe like paddles.

Mar 09, 2016 08:39 AM #1
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I'd really love to know what lens and/or software /filers you used to make this picture. Beautiful!

Mar 09, 2016 11:57 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day. The walking would be healthy and the quiet good for the mind and soul.

Mar 09, 2016 12:04 PM #3
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Debb-Very interesting on this bridge-I would enjoy a walk there and I too like the paddles. Very picturesque.

Mar 09, 2016 05:16 PM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- that's a great photo and I enjoyed learning about the Columbia River Land Bridge.  

Mar 10, 2016 01:02 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Debb and Bernie,

Love the bridge, and like Sharon Lee would love to take a walk there.  A

Mar 10, 2016 01:13 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - You've written about it before, and it's obvious that a visit to Fort Vancouver would be an interesting outing. Great photo!

Mar 10, 2016 04:36 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all, I've read your comments and will be visiting your blog soon. D 

Mar 10, 2016 11:07 PM #8
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