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"Mural ... Orchards, Washington"
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Image, 2006, Mural, Fourth Plain, Orchards, click to enlarge
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Mural, Fourth Plain, Orchards, Washington. Image taken November 25, 2006.


Orchards ...
The Orchards area north and east of Vancouver, Washington was once a large open prairie called "Fourth Plain" by the British Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). In 1825 the HBC built Fort Vancouver along the Columbia River. Their agricultural and livestock area included a series of "Plains and Prairies" extending north and east of the Fort. A large plain about 4 miles northeast of the Fort became "Fourth Plain" and was called that until 1885 when it was re-named "Orchards" at the suggestion of the D.H. Stearns Realty Company, when a post office was established in the area.
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Mural ...
Today a mural of the Orchards/Sifton circa 1920 exists at the corner of Covington Road and NE Fourth Plain Boulevard. The 75x25-foot mural is located at Orchards Plaza and was painted by Guy Drennan and Linda Peterson. Over 100 volunteers helped with the painting, working in a "paint by number" method. It took a over a year to finish. The official dedication was in October 2003. The mural features plum picking (a big-time crop in the area), pre-1980 Mount St. Helens, the Orchards Feed Store (oldest building still in use in the area), and the Sifton-Orchards Streetcar No.5.

Image, 2006, Mural, Fourth Plain, Orchards, click to enlarge
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Orchards mural, Fourth Plain, Orchards, Washington. Image taken November 25, 2006.
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Orchards Feed Mill, Orchards, Washington. Image taken November 25, 2006.

View shows the mill before the re-alignment of Covington Road. Rosewood Road, heading east, is on the right.


Views ...

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Orchards mural, Fourth Plain, Orchards, Washington. Image taken November 25, 2006.
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Orchards mural, Fourth Plain, Orchards, Washington. Image taken November 25, 2006.
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Orchards mural, Orchards Feed Mill. Image taken November 25, 2006.
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Orchards mural, Sifton-Orchards Streetcar No.5. Image taken November 25, 2006.

The Orchards-Sifton Trolley made 10 stops from Vancouver to Orchards to Sifton. One of the stops included the Orchards Feed Mill, the oldest building still standing in the Orchards area. [Battle Ground The Reflector, October 15, 2003]

A photograph in the Clark County Historical Museum's collection names this man as being George Wall.

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Orchards mural, street scene. Image taken November 25, 2006.

At the far right are two stores representative of the area which sold dry goods, stationery and household items. One was called the "Stalnaker" store. [Battle Ground The Reflector, October 15, 2003]
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Orchards mural, Mount St. Helens. Image taken November 25, 2006.

The Mount St. Helens depicted here was 9,677 feet high. On May 18, 1980, a huge eruption destroyed the upper 1,300 feet of the peak leaving behind a horseshoe-shaped crater and a rim elevation of 8,364 feet. [Cascades Volcano Observatory Website, 2007]
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Orchards mural, plum pickers. Image taken November 25, 2006.

From left to right: Robert Wishon, James Roudolph Wishon, Maggie Tomlinson, Jenny Wright, Ruth Tomlinson, Mae Wright, Myra Bedor Wishon Lowery, Lucas Lowery, and Delmer Lowery. [Columbian, October 24, 2007]
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Orchards mural, plums. Image taken November 25, 2006.
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Orchards mural, Plaque, Orchards Plaza. Image taken November 25, 2006.


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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:    Battle Ground The Reflector, October 15, 2003 edition;    Clark County Historical Museum Photographs Collection, courtesy Washington State University Libraries, 2017;    The Columbian, October 24, 2007;    Hitchman, R., 1985, Place Names of Washington, Washington State Historical Society.   

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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