Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Officers Row, Vancouver, Washington"
Includes ... Officers Row ... Vancouver National Historic Reserve ... Grant House ... Marshall House ... Howard House ... Townhouses ...
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George C. Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken March 8, 2004.


Officers Row ...
Vancouver, Washington's Officers Row is a beautiful tree-lined row of homes, now a part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The oldest homes date to the early days of Vancouver Barracks in the mid-1800s, with the Ulysses S. Grant House being the first built. The homes served as residential housing for many of the soldiers, officers and families who were stationed there.

"... A grassroots effort to save the historic site began in the mid-1970s. In 1980, the property was declared surplus by the U.S. Army. In 1984, it was deeded to the city for $1. Following public debate on possible uses and finances, the city initiated a $10.9 million rehabilitation effort in 1987. Funding sources included $2.5 million from the state, $1.1 million from the city, $5.8 million in municipal bonds and $1.5 million from interest and early lease income. In 1988, the first tenants moved in. Today's Officers Row has residential units, office space plus the Grant, Marshall and Howard houses. ..." [City of Vancouver Website, 2006]

In 1974 Officers Row and the Fort Vancouver Barracks were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (District - #74001948). Nearby Fort Vancouver is also on the Register.

OFFICERS ROW,
FORT VANCOUVER BARRACKS

Under the Provisions of the National
Historic Preservation Act of
October 16, 1966, This Property
Possesses Exceptional Value In
Commemorating Or Illustrating
American History
Placed On The National Register On
Nov. 11, 1974 By The National Park Service
U.S. Department Of The Interior
Washington States Parks
And Recreation Commission.




Source:    Plaque, visited December 2017.

Image, 2017, Officers Row, Vancouver Barracks, Vancouver, click to enlarge
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"Registered National Historic Place", Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Located in front of the Grant House. Image taken December 23, 2017.


Vancouver National Historic Reserve ...
The 366-acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve is located in Vancouver, Washington, and was established in October 1996. It includes not only Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, but also adjacent historical areas, as Vancouver Barracks, Officer's Row, and Pearson Field. Lewis and Clark passed through this area on November 4, 1805, on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Captain Clark walked upon the "Small Prarie", later known as "Jolie Prairie". On their return, their campsite of March 30, 1806 was on the "beautifull prarie".
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Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.
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Officer's Row scenic, Vancouver, Washington. East Evergreen Boulevard. Image taken November 19, 2018.


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The Houses on Officer's Row

  • Grant House ...
  • Howard House ...
  • Marshall House ...
  • Townhouses ...


Grant House ...
The Grant House was constructed as the commanding officer's quarters and was the first house built on Officers' Row. The Grant House was named after Ulysses S. Grant, who was stationed at Vancouver Barracks in the 1850s as a quartermaster. He returned as a visitor to Vancouver Barracks in 1879 after serving two terms as President of the United States. The house was renamed in Grant's honor after he achieved his military and political success. The oldest building remaining at Vancouver Barracks, the Grant House later served as an officers club for over a quarter century. Today (2006) the Grant House open to the Public and houses "The Restaurant at the Historic Reserve".

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Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 27, 2006.
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Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 27, 2006.
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Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 27, 2006.
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Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 27, 2006.


... decorated for Christmas ...

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Decorated for Christmas, Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Decorated for Christmas, Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Decorated for Christmas, Grant House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken December 29, 2007.


... Grant House Views ...

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Sign, "Eatery at the Grant House", Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Sign, "Ulysses S. Grant House, 1850", Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Grant House information sign, Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken December 23, 2017.


... Petroglyphs ...
Two large boulders, each with a single face petroglyph, are in front of the Grant House, Officer's Row, Vancouver Barracks, Vancouver, Washington. On a visit in December 2017, the westernmost boulder had been cleaned while the easternmost petroglyph was covered in lichen.
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Westernmost Petroglyph outside the Grant House, Officer's Row, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Westernmost Petroglyph outside the Grant House, Officer's Row, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Westernmost Petroglyph outside the Grant House, Officer's Row, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 23, 2017.
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Easternmost Petroglyph outside the Grant House, Officer's Row, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 23, 2017.


Howard House ...
The Howard House was the last historic structure to be rehabilitated on Officers Row. The house was built in 1879 and is an example of late-19th century Italianate-style architecture. It was named after General Oliver Otis Howard, Commander of the U.S. Army's Department of the Columbia in Vancouver between 1874 and 1880, and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in the Civil War. Howard University in Washington, D.C. was also named after General Howard. Today (2006) the Howard House serves as a visitor information center for the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

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General O.O. Howard House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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Howard House, Vancouver Reserve, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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Howard House, Vancouver Reserve, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2005.
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Howard House, Vancouver Reserve, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2005.


Marshall House ...
The Marshall House was built in 1886, and replaced the Grant House as the home of the commanding officer of the Department of the Columbia. This Queen Anne Victorian home was named for George C. Marshall, commanding officer at Vancouver Barracks from 1936-38, and later U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. Today (2006) the home is open to the Public and features 1800s-period antiques and houses the "Victorian Gift Shop".

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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 27, 2006.
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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 27, 2006.
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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.
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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.
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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.


... October 7, 2007 ...

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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Stairs, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Door glass, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Stained Glass, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Chandelier, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Painting, Mount Hood, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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On the fireplace mantle, David E. Wieprecht photograph, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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David E. Wieprecht, 1947-2007, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Flag, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.
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Playing Taps, Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken October 7, 2007.


Townhouses ...
Many of the homes along Officers Row are rented to offices or private families.

Penny Postcard, Officers Row, General Headquarters, Vancouver, Washington, ca.1918
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Penny Postcard: Officer's Row, "General Headquarters", Vancouver, Washington, ca.1918. Penny Postcard, Postmarked 1918, "General Headquarters, Department of the Columbia, Vancouver, Wash. On the North Bank Road.". Published by Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Oregon. Card #P1415. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
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"General Headquarters", on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.
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"General Headquarters", on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.
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"General Headquarters", on Officers Row, Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Image taken August 26, 2006.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards". The "Penny Postcard" became a popular way to send greetings to friends and family. Today the "Penny Postcard" has become an image of history.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 4, 1805 ...




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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 website, 2004, 2006;
  • National Register of Historic Places website, 2005;
  • U.S. National Park Service website, 2004, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site;


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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