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"Frenchman's Bar, Washington"
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Image, 2005, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. View of the southern end of the park. Image taken July 3, 2005.


Frenchman's Bar ...
Frenchman's Bar is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 100.5. The area was named after Paul Haury, a French sailor who jumped ship in British Columbia and later bought land in the area west of Vancouver, Washington. Sauvie Island, Kelley Point, and the mouth of the Willamette River are visible across the Columbia from the beaches of Frenchman's Bar. Upstream from Frenchman's Bar is Hewlett Point and Blurock Landing. Vancouver Lake lies two miles east, and is connected to Frenchman's Bar by a formal trail. The area of Frenchman's Bar and nearby Caterpillar Island was at once time known as "Upper Willow Bar", with nearby Sauvie Island's Willow Bar Islands being the "Lower Willow Bar".

Image, 2003, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Shoreline, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, looking upstream. Image taken June 29, 2003.
Image, 2006, Columbia River from Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Columbia River from Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Sauvie Island, Oregon, is in the background. Image taken July 8, 2006.


Frenchman's Bar Park ...
Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, was built in 1997. Frenchman's Bar Park is a 120-acre regional park with over a mile of sandy beaches. The park is located two miles west of Vancouver Lake Park. A two-and-one-half-mile asphalt Frenchman's Bar Trail connects the two parks. Just upstream of Frenchman's Bar is Hewlett Point and Blurock Landing, another spot of sandy beachs and a view of five volcanoes.

Views around Frenchmans Bar Park ...

Image, 2003, Frenchman's Bar Park, looking towards Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Frenchman's Bar Park looking across the Columbia towards Sauvie Island. Image taken June 29, 2003.
Image, 2005, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2005.
Image, 2006, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Sauvie Island, Oregon, is in the background. Image taken July 8, 2006.
Image, 2005, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Volleyball, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Sauvie Island and the Columbia River (looking downstream) are in the background. Image taken July 3, 2005.
Image, 2005, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. View of the southern end of the park. Sauvie Island and the Columbia River (looking downstream) are in the background. Image taken July 3, 2005.


Early Frenchman's Bar ...
An 1888 plat map for Washington Territory shows the land around Frenchman's Bar to be part of the Donation Land Claim (DLC) of D. Sturgis.

An undated plat map for Clark County, Washington, presumed to be between 1915 and 1925 shows the area of Frenchman's Bar, which was once the DLC of D. Sturgis, now owned by D. Mullingan.

In 1915, Paul Haury, a Frenchman for whom Frenchman's Bar is named, bought the land around Frenchman's Bar.

"Frenchman's Bar was named after Paul Haury, a Frenchman who bound out to engage in fur trading in Alaska. Fleeing intolerable conditions, Paul jumped ship and made his way to Astoria to work in the salmon canneries. Wanting to increase his wealth above that of a low-paid cannery worker, he searched the Washington shoreline of the Columbia River for an ideal fish netting location and in 1915 he purchased land five miles down stream from Fort Vancouver." [From information sign located at Frenchman's Bar Park, 2006]

Image, 2005, Information Sign, click to enlarge
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Information Sign, Frenchman's Bar Park. The sign is located at the extreme upstream end of Frenchman's Bar Park, looking towards Hewlett Point. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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Information Sign, Frenchman's Bar Park, with information about Paul Haury. The sign is located at the extreme upstream end of Frenchman's Bar Park, looking towards Hewlett Point. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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Information Sign, Frenchman's Bar Park, showing Broughton Point. The sign is located at the extreme upstream end of Frenchman's Bar Park, looking towards Broughton Point (today's Hewlett Point). Image taken July 3, 2005.


Views from Frenchman's Bar ...

Image, 2006, Sauvie Island from Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sauvie Island from Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 8, 2006.
Image, 2005, Frenchman's Bar, Vancouver, Washington, looking towards Sauvie Island click to enlarge
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Frenchman's Bar, Vancouver, Washington, looking towards Sauvie Island. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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Fishing, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Sauvie Island, Oregon, is in the background. Image taken July 3, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 30, 1806 ...
we got under way verry early [from their camp near Wapato Portage] and had not proceeded to the head of the island [Bachelor Island] before we met with the three men of the Clan-nar-min-a-mon's who met us yesterday brackfast at the upper point of the Island [Bachelor Island] we met Several of the Clackstar and Cath-lah-cum-up in two canoes. Soon after we were overtaken by Several Canoes of different tribes who reside on each Side of the river the three above Tribes and the Clh-in-na-ta cathy-lah-nah-qui-up & Cath-lah-com-mah-tup reside on each Side of Wappato inlet [Multnomah Channel] and back of Wappato Island [Sauvie Island] which Island is formed by a Small Chanel which passes from the Lower part of Image Canoe Island [Hayden Island] into an inlet which makes in from the S W. Side, and receves the water of a Creek which heads with the Kil a mox River. this wappato Island [Sauvie Island] is about 18 or 20 Miles long and in places from 6 to 10 miles wide high & furtile with ponds on different parts of it in which the nativs geather Wappato. nearly opposit the upper point of the Isld. behing which we encamped last night, or on the Wappato Isld. is Several Camps of the nativs catching Sturgion. about 5 miles Still higher up and on the N E. Side we halted for brackfast at the place which We had encamped the 4th of November last [near Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge]. here we were visited by several canoes of Indians from two Towns a Short distance above on the Wappato Island [Sauvie Island]. the 1st of those Tribes Call themselves Clan-nah-quah and Situated about 2 miles above us, the other about a mile above Call themselves Mult-no-mah ...     at 10 a. m. we Set out and had not proceeded far before we came to a landing place where there was Several large canoes hauled up, and Sitting in a canoe, appearantly waiting our arival with a view to join the fleet indian who was then along Side of us. this man informed he was a Shoto and that his nation resided a little distance from the river. we landed and one of the indians pointed to the Shoto village which is Situated back of Pond [Vancouver Lake] which lies parrelal with the river on the N E. Side nearly opposit the Clan-nah quah village. here we were also joined by Several Canoes loaded with the natives from the Island who Continued to accompany us untill about 4 oClock when they all returned and we proceeded on to the place the Indians Stole my Tomahawk 4th Novr. last [Hayden Island] and Encamped in a Small Prarie ["Jolie Prairie" where Fort Vancouver and Pearson Airpark would some day be located] above a large Pond on N. E and opposit the Center of image Canoe Island [Hayden Island]. capt Lewis walked out and Saw Several deer. Jo. Field Shot at Elk he killed and brought in a fine duck. ...     we made 22 Miles only to day the wind and a Strong current being against us all day, with rain. discovered a high mountain S E. Covered with Snow which we call Mt. Jefferson [Mount Jefferson, Oregon]





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources: City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation website, 2004; Hay, K.G., 2004, The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail, Timber Press, Portland.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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