Continuing with my Summer Challenge walks, my third and fourth outings were practically at the same location, so I’ll cover them both here.
Fort Vancouver was established in 1824 as a fur trading post by the Hudson’s Bay Company. The company abandoned the fort in 1860 and moved their operations north into British Columbia. The fort was destroyed in a fire in 1866. In 1948, the site was designated as a national monument, and in the mid 1960s, the National Park Service began building the full-size replica structures that stand on the site now.
The day Chules and I visited, the Fort was closed to the public, so we “checked in” via gps, and then walked the paths through the adjacent fields of tall grass and wildflowers.
The following day, we returned and took another path which is part of the Discovery Historic Loop, and leads to the Vancouver Land Bridge which crosses over Hwy 14 and leads to the Old Apple Tree Park.
The Old Apple Tree, planted in 1826, was – until its recent demise – the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest. If I remember correctly it toppled in a storm, and there is an old stump and a young apple tree there now.
I thought the land bridge was the gps checkpoint, but I wasn’t able to check in until I reached the apple tree, er – stump. The entire Discovery Historic Loop is 2.3 miles, and actually encompasses two other checkpoints that I will cover later.
I will likely return to Ft. Vancouver some other time to tour the actual fort. Chules might have to stay home for that trip. No dogs allowed inside the fort.
Four sites down, 11 to go!