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Image, 2018, Proebstel, Washington, click to enlarge
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Creekside Country Market, Proebstel, Washington. Image taken September 2, 2018.


Proebstel ...
Proebstel is a small Washington settlement located east of Vancouver near where Fifth Plain Creek merges into Lacamas Creek. Two to three miles west lies the communities of Orchards and Sifton, five miles north lies Hockinson, and seven to eight miles southeast lies Camas and Washougal. Immediately southeast is Green Mountain, a Boring Lava cone.

Early Proebstel ...

According to "The Columbian", "Proebstel Brothers" (2014):

"German brothers named Proebstel, their wives and offspring made up one of the largest families settling in Clark County in th early days. A community east of Orchards was named for the family, and a church still carries the Proebstel name. Four brothers arrived here from Missouri in time to take donation land claims in the early 1850s. Andrew took out a claim just northwest of Orchards, and John, Valentine and Jacob Proebstel settled near what is now Proebstel. ... At least two other Proebstel brothers also lived in Clark County in the early days. ... A post office named Proebstel was established in 1886 with Francis and Herman Proebstel, two sons of John Proebstel, in charge at the start. Several other postmasters also were on duty before the office was discontinued in 1907."

According to "Place Names of Washington" (Hitchman, 1985):

"Proebstel:   Settlement on Lacamas Creek, 7-1/2 miles northeast of Vancouver, south central Clark County. In 1887, this name was used when a post office was established. It was for John Proebstel, one of 6 brothers who came here in 1852 to settle on Donation Land Claims."

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

"Proebsel:   Established in 1887 with the start of a post office east of Orchards. Named after John Proebstel, one of six brothers who came here in 1852 to settle a land claim."

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2018) shows John Proebstel being granted title to many parcels in T2N R3E, Clark County, the earliest being John and Angelina Lois Proebstel being granted title to 321.07 acres of T2N R3E, Sections 7, 8, 17, and 18, on September 1, 1865 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).


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Image, 2018, Proebstel, Washington, click to enlarge
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Proebstel, Washington. Image taken September 2, 2018.

Lacamas Creek drainage is in the foreground, Creekside Country Market on the left, and Fourth Plain Boulevard heading east.
Image, 2018, Proebstel, Washington, click to enlarge
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Creekside Country Market, Proebstel, Washington. Image taken September 2, 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:
  • "The Columbian", 2014, "Clark History, Names in Clark County";
  • Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington Historical Society Press;
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office (GLO) Records 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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