Vancouver, Washington, the seat of Clark County. It lies on the Columbia River, just north of Portland, Oregon. Vancouver is a deepwater port, handling mainly lumber and wheat, and produces paper and wood products, aluminum, and processed foods. Within the city is Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The fort, which has been partly reconstructed, was the Pacific headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company, 1825-49. (For picture, [State].)
Vancouver, the oldest settlement in the state, was founded by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1824. It became part of the United States with the signing of the Oregon Treaty in 1846.