|Bastion, no shot was ever fired in anger|
|Chief Factor's residence|
As the trade business grew, so did the “fort”. This center of commerce in the wilderness was quite attractive to folks back east and thus started the steady stream of wagons over what would become known as the Oregon Trail. The influx of Americans to the area pretty much forced a decision as to who would have control and in 1846 the US border was set at the 49th parallel. Although Fort Vancouver was now in American hands, the Hudson’s Bay Company continued to trade with Native Americans and the newly arriving settlers.
|Indian Trade Store|
|The counting house|
Of course, there is a limited amount of furs to be had when so many were trapping. The availability of furs declined and so did business. By the 1860s, the Hudson’s Bay Company closed up shop. The fort fell into disrepair and eventually burned.
|McLaughlin insisted on gardens|
Today, under the direction of the National Park Service, the fort is being excavated and restored. The ranger-led tour we joined was very informative and, being with a ranger, we were able to see the archeologists hard at work cataloging relics from the Fort’s hey day.
|Gen Marshall's house|
After the US took control of the area, it established an Army base just outside the Fort. Across the street from the Fort is Officer’s Row. These upscale homes were sold to the city and several are leased to various businesses and some for private residences. Three of these homes are open to the public. The US Grant House is now a restaurant. We were able to tour the George C. Marshall House. General Marshall lived in this 9,000 square foot house until he was called away for WWII.
We tried to get our touring done before the heat got too bad, but were unsuccessful. We had originally planned to hike again tomorrow, but, with the heat, may stay inside instead.