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.