Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Frenchman's Bar, Washington"
includes ... Frenchman's Bar ... Frenchman's Bar Riverfront Park ...
Image, 2017, Sign Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sign, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2017.


Frenchman's Bar ...
Frenchman's Bar and Frenchman's Bar Park are 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. Sauvie Island, Kelley Point, and the mouth of the Willamette River are visible across the Columbia from the beaches of Frenchman's Bar. The upstream end of Frenchman's Bar Park is Hewlett Point. One mile upstream lies Blurock Landing and one mile downsteam is Caterpillar Island. Vancouver Lake lies two miles east, and is connected to Frenchman's Bar by a formal trail.

Paul Haury...
"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."


Source:    Information sign located at Frenchman's Bar Park, visited 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, at 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, at 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, at Broughton Point (today's Hewlett Point). Image taken July 3, 2005.


Early Frenchman's Bar ...
The Bureau of Land Management's 1863 cadastral survey (tax survey) for T2N R1W, shows the location of today's Frenchman's Bar Park being located in Section 1, on the Donation Land Claim (DLC) of David Sturgess. This is just north of the DLC of William Dillon, the DLC on which today's Hewlett Point is located.

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.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) records database (2015) lists an Adelaide Wodow Sturgess and Heirs of David Sturgess being granted title to 643.23 acres of T2N R1W, parts of Sections 1 and 2, and T3N R1W, part of Section 36, on August 27, 1871 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).

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


"Upper Willow Bar" ...
The area of Frenchman's Bar and Caterpillar Island was at once time known as "Upper Willow Bar", with nearby Sauvie Island's Willow Bar Islands being the "Lower Willow Bar".

Early Maps ...

Image, 1888, Map detail, Shillapoo Lake,  click to enlarge
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1888 map detail, "Columbia River, Fales Landing to Portland, Sheet #6", showing today's Caterpillar Island and Shillapoo Lake. Chart 6145. Original map courtesly U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 2006.

"Marquam's Lake" is now farmland on Sauvie Island, the "Upper Willow Bar" is the stretch between today's Frenchman's Bar Park and Caterpillar Island, and "Shallowpool Lake" is today's Shillapoo Lake.


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. The upstream end of Frenchman's Bar is Hewlett Point and one mile upstream is Blurock Landing, another spot of sandy beaches. Blurock Landing has a view of five volcanoes.

Views ...

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, 2017, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Beach, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 4, 2017.
Image, 2005, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Fishing, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Sauvie Island, Oregon, is in the background. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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, 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, 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 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.
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.
Image, 2017, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Ladybug, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2017.


Frenchman's Bar, etc.

  • Columbia River at Frenchman's Bar ...
  • Hewlett Point ...
  • Snow Geese, Cackling Geese, and Sandhill Cranes ...
  • Sunset ...


Columbia River at Frenchman's Bar ...

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.
Image, 2015, Columbia River from Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Columbia River at Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 6, 2015.
Image, 2017, Columbia River at Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Pacific Basin", Columbia River at Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken October 23, 2017.
Image, 2015, Columbia River from Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Geo Explorer" Research Vessel, Columbia River at Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 6, 2015.


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Hewlett Point ...
Hewlett Point lies at the southern (upstream) end of Frenchman's Bar Park.
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Image, 2005, Barn, Tree, click to enlarge
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Barn and tree at Hewlett Point, as seen from Frenchmans Bar Park. Image taken July 3, 2005.


Snow Geese, Cackling Geese, and Sandhill Cranes ...

Image, 2018, Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 11, 2018.
Image, 2018, Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 11, 2018.
Image, 2018, Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 11, 2018.
Image, 2018, Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Snow Geese, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 11, 2018.
Image, 2013, Sandhill Cranes, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cackling Geese and one Brant, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 31, 2013.
Image, 2018, Sandhill Cranes, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sandhill Cranes, Frenchman's Bar Park, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken February 24, 2018.


Sunset ...
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Image, 2016, Frenchman's Bar Park, looking towards Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Sunset, Frenchman's Bar Park, looking across the Columbia River towards Sauvie Island. Image taken August 9, 2016.
Image, 2016, Frenchman's Bar Park, looking towards Sauvie Island, click to enlarge
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Sunset, Frenchman's Bar Park, looking across the Columbia River towards Sauvie Island. Image taken August 9, 2016.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 30, 1806 ...




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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;
  • EGS "Earth Science and Survey website, 2015;
  • Hay, K.G., 2004, The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail, Timber Press, Portland;
  • "Rootsweb.com" website, 2015;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2016;


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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