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What Vancouver, WA looked like in the 1900s Through Fascinating Historical Photos

Vancouver grew continuously in the 19th Century and into the 20th Century. The last spike of the North Bank Railroad (the first rail line east through the Columbia River Gorge in Washington) was driven on March 11, 1908, and the line reached Vancouver. Vancouver was finally connected to the region’s transportation system by completing the railroad bridge over the Columbia River on June 25, 1908. It led to the building of a Carnegie library, new churches, and, in 1916, the new Post Office Building on Daniels Street.

Here are some fascinating historical photos that show Vancouver, WA, at the turn of the 20th Century. Also check, Vancouver in the late 19th Century.

#1 Vancouver Streetcars, 1908

Vancouver Streetcars, 1908

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#2 Archaeological Dig Site, 1900s

Archaeological Dig Site, 1900s

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#3 Arnada School, 1900s

Arnada School, 1900s

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#4 21st Street Vancouver, 1900s

21st Street Vancouver, 1900s

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#5 School for Defective Youth, 1909

School for Defective Youth, 1909

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#6 Vancouver-Portland Ferry across Columbia River, 1906

Vancouver-Portland Ferry across Columbia River, 1906

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#7 Charley Ross & two others, Dodger’s Cover, Barclay Sound, Vancouver, 1902

Charley Ross & two others, Dodger's Cover, Barclay Sound, Vancouver, 1902

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#8 Young Doctor and his canoe [for Captain Tozier] [Barclay Sound, Vancouver, 1903

Young Doctor and his canoe [for Captain Tozier] [Barclay Sound, Vancouver, 1903

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#9 A group of men during the construction of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

A group of men during the construction of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

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#10 Augustas High Home, 1900s

Augustas High Home, 1900s

Ida V. High stands with a bicycle and a cat in front of the Augustas High home located in the area of Fruit Valley. The house was built in 1892.

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#11 The exterior of a Washougal blacksmith shop, 1903

The exterior of a Washougal blacksmith shop, 1903

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#12 The A.M. Blaker home located at 408 W. 9th Street in Vancouver, 1904

The A.M. Blaker home located at 408 W. 9th Street in Vancouver, 1904

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#13 Boats and a Section of the Vancouver Bridge, 1907

Boats and a Section of the Vancouver Bridge, 1907

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#14 Bolton’s Meat Market Located at 706 Washington Street in Vancouver, 1909

Bolton's Meat Market Located at 706 Washington Street in Vancouver, 1909

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#15 Brewery Saloon located at 1907 Washington Street in early Vancouver with the St. James Church at left in the background, 1907

Brewery Saloon located at 1907 Washington Street in early Vancouver with the St. James Church at left in the background, 1907

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#16 Construction site for the building of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

Construction site for the building of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

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#17 A wedding at a Brush Prairie Baptist church, 1900s

A wedding at a Brush Prairie Baptist church, 1900s

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#18 Grandma Burgy with Viola Burgy Sharp and her mother at Henry Burgy’s house on 12th and Washington St. across from the Catholic church, 1900s

Grandma Burgy with Viola Burgy Sharp and her mother at Henry Burgy's house on 12th and Washington St. across from the Catholic church, 1900s

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#19 Burrows Grocery located east of the Vancouver Barracks on 10th near X Street, 1908

Burrows Grocery located east of the Vancouver Barracks on 10th near X Street, 1908

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#20 Captain Baldwin’s Dirigible, 1905

Captain Baldwin's Dirigible, 1905

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#21 Carleton Foster Bond Collection, 1900s

Carleton Foster Bond Collection, 1900s

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#22 School children in class at Central School in Vancouver, Washington, 1908

School children in class at Central School in Vancouver, Washington, 1908

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#23 A centrifugal pump at work at the Vancouver Railroad Bridge construction site, 1907

A centrifugal pump at work at the Vancouver Railroad Bridge construction site, 1907

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#24 13th Street, Vancouver, 1900s

13th Street, Vancouver, 1900s

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#25 A train at a depot in Vancouver, 1901

A train at a depot in Vancouver, 1901

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#26 Clark General Hospital with cars parked out front, 1900s

Clark General Hospital with cars parked out front, 1900s

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#27 Parade float for Daniel F. Doherty Plumbing, Heating & Tinning Company located at 117 East 5th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

Parade float for Daniel F. Doherty Plumbing, Heating & Tinning Company located at 117 East 5th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

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#28 A derrick and a mule at the Vancouver Railroad Bridge construction site, 1907

A derrick and a mule at the Vancouver Railroad Bridge construction site, 1907

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#29 East 22nd Street Vancouver, 1900s

East 22nd Street Vancouver, 1900s

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#30 The Edwin A. McNeal Home located on Mill Plain near Garrison and East 10th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

The Edwin A. McNeal Home located on Mill Plain near Garrison and East 10th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

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#31 Fairview School, 1905

Fairview School, 1905

Teacher and students of the Fairview School pose for a photo outside the school building.

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#32 First Catholic Church, 1900s

First Catholic Church, 1900s

The exterior of the First Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington. The church was built in 1845 by the Hudson's Bay Company, and was primarily made of logs.

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#33 First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, 1909

First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, 1909

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#34 Franklin High School, 1904

Franklin High School, 1904

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#35 The Lindley family stands outside the G.W. Lindley home in Vancouver, Washington, 1900s

The Lindley family stands outside the G.W. Lindley home in Vancouver, Washington, 1900s

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#36 General View of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

General View of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

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#37 Genery Blacksmith Shop, 1909

Genery Blacksmith Shop, 1909

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#38 A view of the exterior of the Grant House in Vancouver, 1900s

A view of the exterior of the Grant House in Vancouver, 1900s

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#39 The Grant House as the Officer’s Club on Officer’s Row at the Vancouver Barracks, 1900s

The Grant House as the Officer's Club on Officer's Row at the Vancouver Barracks, 1900s

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#40 Hannah Jewett Home, 1900s

Hannah Jewett Home, 1900s

Hannah Jewett and Elsie Jewett stand in front of the Jewett residence located at 102 East 16th Street. The home was torn down in 1968.

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#41 The exterior of the Harmony Methodist Episcopal Church, Vancouver, 1900s

The exterior of the Harmony Methodist Episcopal Church, Vancouver, 1900s

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#42 A class photo taken outside of Harney School in Vancouver, 1909

A class photo taken outside of Harney School in Vancouver, 1909

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#43 Hop Gold Brewery Float, 1901

Hop Gold Brewery Float, 1901

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#44 Horse and Carriage at Bagley Downs Race Track, 1909

Horse and Carriage at Bagley Downs Race Track, 1909

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#45 Horse stables possibly at the Vancouver Barracks, 1909

Horse stables possibly at the Vancouver Barracks, 1909

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#46 The exterior of the Hotel Columbia in Vancouver, Washington, 1900s

The exterior of the Hotel Columbia in Vancouver, Washington, 1900s

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#47 House with Wooden Sidewalks in Vancouver, 1900s

House with Wooden Sidewalks in Vancouver, 1900s

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#48 The exterior of L.A.’s Boarding House located at 511 West 9th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

The exterior of L.A.'s Boarding House located at 511 West 9th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

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#49 John Crass (in white shirt) walking out horses with a helper at a livery stable located at 214 West 4th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

John Crass (in white shirt) walking out horses with a helper at a livery stable located at 214 West 4th Street in Vancouver, 1900s

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#50 The exterior of the Log Cabin Tavern located at 502 Main Street in Vancouver, 1900s

The exterior of the Log Cabin Tavern located at 502 Main Street in Vancouver, 1900s

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#51 M Company of the 14th Infantry and band assembled at the Vancouver Barracks, 1900s

M Company of the 14th Infantry and band assembled at the Vancouver Barracks, 1900s

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#52 Men stand before a blacksmiths shop with pipes and conduits off to the side, 1904

Men stand before a blacksmiths shop with pipes and conduits off to the side, 1904

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#53 Metcalf Home located on 23rd Street Markle Avenue, 1907

Metcalf Home located on 23rd Street Markle Avenue, 1907

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#54 Military marching band parading down a street in Vancouver, Washington in 1906.

Military marching band parading down a street in Vancouver, Washington in 1906.

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#55 Two wagons pulled by mule teams being driven down a muddy road in front of a store building, 1909

Two wagons pulled by mule teams being driven down a muddy road in front of a store building, 1909

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#56 Railroad workers sitting on the North Abutment during the construction of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

Railroad workers sitting on the North Abutment during the construction of the Vancouver Railroad Bridge, 1907

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#57 A view of Officer’s Row at the Vancouver Barracks looking west with the houses on the right, 1909

A view of Officer's Row at the Vancouver Barracks looking west with the houses on the right, 1909

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#58 Orchards-Sifton Street Car, 1908

Orchards-Sifton Street Car, 1908

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#59 Overview of Main Street Vancouver Washington, 1909

Overview of Main Street Vancouver Washington, 1909

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#60 The Palace of Sweets cigar store located at 809 Main Street in Vancouver, 1902

The Palace of Sweets cigar store located at 809 Main Street in Vancouver, 1902

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#61 Palace Theater located at 605 Main Street in Vancouver, 1909

Palace Theater located at 605 Main Street in Vancouver, 1909

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#62 Street paving on the corner of 11th Street and Franklin Street, 1909

Street paving on the corner of 11th Street and Franklin Street, 1909

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#63 Pittock & Leadbetter Lumber Company, 1909

Pittock & Leadbetter Lumber Company, 1909

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#64 Pittock & Leadbetter Lumber Company, 1909

Pittock & Leadbetter Lumber Company, 1909

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#65 Pittock & Leadbetter Lumber Company Saw Mill, 1909

Pittock & Leadbetter Lumber Company Saw Mill, 1909

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#66 Barclay Sound, Vancouver Island, 1902

Barclay Sound, Vancouver Island, 1902

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#67 Vancouver Island, 1902

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