Hudson's Bay Company Establishes Fort Vancouver in 1825.
Hudson's Bay Company was established at Fort George, Astoria, but the HBC Governor George Simpson recommended a move to the South Side of the Columbia River to stake a firm boundary claim between Great Britain and the United States. Simpson sent Chief Factors Dr. John McLoughlin (a French-Canadian) and Alexander Kennedy to scout the spot for the new Fort.
By 1829 Simpson recognized the advantages of remaining in the current location. The soil and climate were ideal for growing, it was a prime trade location, and the Columbia was easily navigable compared to the Fraser. Due to the distance from the river, the HBC built this second Fort in 1829 at a location closer to the Columbia River.
Hidden Bricks in Camas, Washington.
Today, in Camas near a residential neighborhood is a park called Grass Valley Park. They have repurposed some of the Hidden bricks from the Camas Paper Mill as a tribute to the history of the area. The circle is near the covered picnic area by the playground equipment.
The Many Bricks of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
The Famous Fort Vancouver "Kitty Brick."
It wasn't uncommon in the 19th century for people in England to deconstruct Roman ruins or cobblestone roads and "recycle" the bricks for newer building projects. Many of these bricks were packed into ships, made it over to Fort George in Astoria and then down the Columbia River to Fort Vancouver.
Visitors can see the now world famous "Kitty Brick," but because it’s being stored in a special climate-controlled room, you must call and make a viewing appointment ahead of time.
Fort Vancouver's Post Hospital - The Infamous Building 614.
The Hospital was built with bricks to help with sanitation and has open verandas to provide light and fresh air to convalescing soldiers. There are several types of bricks used in the building, including Hidden bricks, that were used when 614 was moved to the current site and the different bricks are clearly visible.
There are lots of walnut trees around the property, and several wonderful giant trees near by to ground yourself on after you get sick of the creepy vibes from this place. From the North steps of the Hospital you have a bird's eye view of the Academy, their continued association throughtout time makes sense once you realize the proximity. Local news reports discuss possible plans to make this building into a mixed use community center of offices and studios.