After much work, the visitor center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state is just about ready to reopen to the public.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
A treasured skill from the past will be showcased at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state in early October when the park hosts two days of historical blacksmithing demonstrations.
There has been lots of discussion and debate on the Traveler in recent months over the size of the National Park System as well as the propriety of some of the units in that system. Most recently, a reader took issue with a piece looking at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that questioned what the goal of the historic site really was.
I’m really not sure what to write about Fort Vancouver. It’s a concoction of miscellany that is very hard to define, much less describe. It didn’t take me very long to begin wondering just where this place should fit in the big scheme of national parks – or even if it should.
Funding has been made available to enable Fort Vancouver National Historic Site officials to sign a contract for the rehabilitation of some historic buildings at the park, including one that will serve as home of the headquarters for the forest supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Marias Pass, skirting the south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain. Today a derailment involving a 100-car train hauling highly combustible Bakken crude oil risks an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in National Park Service history.
A three-decade-long tradition will continue September 14 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site when the fort serves as the backdrop for the 30th Annual Campfires and Candlelight event.
A dispute over the National Park Service's authority at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state has led a congresswoman to introduce legislation to remove a museum and seven acres of land from the park.
A Grand Canyon National Park ranger, one who you might see dangling from a helicopter to help an injured visitor, has been honored as the National Park Service's top ranger.
An 1840s holiday celebration will be held December 8 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state.