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Image, 2018, Heisson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Heisson, Washington. View heading west. Image taken August 29, 2018.


Heisson ...
Heisson is a small Washington community located just south of the East Fork Lewis River. Battle Ground and Battle Ground Lake lie to the south and Yacolt lies across the E.F. Lewis to the northeast. Heisson is known for the "Henry Heisen House" and the "Heisson Store". The Henry Heisen House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (#79002526) in 1979. The Heisson Store opened in 1907 and continues in operation today (2018).

Early Heisson/Heisen ...
According to "Place Names of Washington" (Hitchman, 1985):

"Heisen:   Community 15 miles northeast of Vancouver north central Clark County. It was named for Alexander Heisen, who crossed the plains with an ox team in 1852. It is shown on some current maps, in error, as Heisson."

According to "Names in Clark County" ("The Columbian", 2014):

"Heisson:   This community northeast of Battle Ground was named for Alexander Heisen, who crossed the plains with an ox team and homesteaded the area in 1866. He and his wife, Mary, had 13 children. The post office was established in 1904, when he granted the government land at the logging site in exchange for having it named for him. The spelling was bungled, however and the community officially became Heisson. County Roads called it "Heissen", and the railroad called it "Heison"."

The U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database (2018) lists "Heisson" as the official name with "Heisen" being a variant.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database lists Alexander Heisen being granted title to 30.78 acres of T4N R3E, Section 18 on December 20, 1867 (1820 Sale-Cast Entry), being granted title to 40 acres of T4N R3E, Section 18, on September 20, 1869 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry), and being granted title to 150.70 acres of T4N R2E, Section 13 and T4N R3E, Section 18, on July 30, 1874 (1862 Homestead Entry Original).

The 1910 U.S. Federal Census for Clark County lists an Alexander Heisen, age 84, born in Germany.



Heisson, etc.

  • Heisen House ...
  • Heisson Bridge(s) ...
  • Heisson Store ...


Heisen House ...
The Henry Heisen House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (#79002526) in 1979.

Image, 2017, Heisson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sign, Heisen House, Heisson, Washington. Image taken June 30, 2017.


Heisson Bridge(s) ...
Two "Heisson Bridges" cross the East Fork Lewis River at River Mile 19. The first bridge, a closed-spandrel arch bridge, was built in 1925 and closed to traffic in 1999 when the second, a concrete arch bridge, was built.
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Image, 2018, Heisson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Heisson Bridge over the East Fork Lewis River, Washington. Image taken May 8, 2018.
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Two bridges over the East Fork Lewis River at Heisson, Washington. Image taken August 29, 2018.


Heisson Store ...
Also known as the "Heisson General Mercantile", the Heisson Store opened in 1907 and continues in operation today (2018).

Image, 2013, Heisson Store sign, click to enlarge
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Sign for Heisson Store, near Battle Ground Lake State Park, Washington. Image taken October 21, 2013.
Image, 2017, Heisson, Washington, click to enlarge
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Heisson Store, Heisson, Washington. Image taken June 30, 2017.
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Heisson General Mercantile, Heisson, Washington. Image taken August 29, 2018.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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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:
  • "Bridgehunter.com" website, 2016;
  • "The Columbian", 2014, "Clark History, Names in Clark County";
  • Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington Historical Society Press;
  • "The Reflector" online Newspaper, December 21, 2011, "Heisson Store in Battle Ground has new owners with big ideas";
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database, 2018;
  • U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2018;


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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