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Stunning Historical Photos of Vancouver, Washington in the 1910s

Lewis and Clark Centennial Exhibition in Portland in 1905 reinforced the need for a wagon bridge over the Columbia River, which was brought to light due to the boom. Passengers had to endure long waits on the ferry crossings to that event, which were packed to capacity. On March 2, 1912, Vancouver business leaders launched a campaign supporting the wagon bridge, parading through downtown Portland. Standifer Construction Company built two shipyards in Vancouver along the Columbia River for supplying wooden and steel ships to the war effort during World War I. Its first ship, the Kineo, was launched on May 30, 1918, just west of the Interstate Bridge. Shipyards for steel were about a mile to the west, just downstream from the railroad bridge. Both yards continued to build ships until 1921 when the property was sold to the city for a municipal dock.

The Armistice ending World War I was not widely celebrated in Vancouver and Clark County due to the Spanish flu epidemic. Newspapers reported little in the local papers from October 5 to November 15, 1918, except for news of the pandemic. The city shut down, forbidding any public gatherings, and even the churches were closed.

Here are some fabulous photos of Vancouver, WA, in the 1910s.

#1 Y.M.C.A. Building Barracks, Vancouver, 1918

Y.M.C.A. Building Barracks, Vancouver, 1918

A large group of uniformed soldiers stands in a single line, looking at the photographer, outside the Y.M.C.A. barracks building at the Vancouver Barracks.

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#2 Shelter tents pitched for inspection, Vancouver B’ks, Vancouver, 1910

Shelter tents pitched for inspection, Vancouver B'ks, Vancouver, 1910

The image shows soldiers in uniform standing in front of a long row of pup tents set up on the parade grounds. Rifles set in teepee formation sit in front of the soldiers. A row of barracks buildings are visible on the left. Two cannons sit in front of the building on the far left. A bandstand is visible among the trees on the right.

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#3 Soldiers relaxing, Vancouver Barracks, 1915

Soldiers relaxing, Vancouver Barracks, 1915

A dirt area is near photo right edge. Buildings and automobiles are in the background. Three large horizontal fuel tanks are in photo left.

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#4 Rifle drill, Vancouver Barracks, 1915

Rifle drill, Vancouver Barracks, 1915

The image shows a group of soldiers performing a rifle drill on the baseball field. All the men are in uniform and stand in rows with their rifles held over their heads except the soldier on the far right who faces the others with his rifle over his shoulder.

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#5 Business Section & Pacific Highway Interstate Bridge, Vancouver, 1917

Business Section & Pacific Highway Interstate Bridge, Vancouver, 1917

The photo is taken from an elevation in downtown Vancouver, looking toward the Columbia River and the Interstate Bridge.

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#6 Pie eating contest, Washington’s birthday in Vancouver, 1918

Pie eating contest, Washington's birthday in Vancouver, 1918

The image shows soldier participating in a pie eating contest. A row of soldiers with their backs to the viewer and hands tied behind their backs, faces another row of soldiers who feed them pieces of pie.

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#7 Princess Charlotte leaving Harbour, Vancouver, 1915

Princess Charlotte leaving Harbour, Vancouver, 1915

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#8 Entrance to Barracks, Vancouver, 1915

Entrance to Barracks, Vancouver, 1915

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#9 McKay Restaurant, Vancouver, 1910

McKay Restaurant, Vancouver, 1910

Other pots sit on the stove. A waitress and chef stand behind the counter which runs diagonally in photo center. A row of stools is in right half photo, with one customer seated.

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#10 Saint James Cathedral, from Columbia and 12 St. Vancouver, 1912

Saint James Cathedral, from Columbia and 12 St. Vancouver, 1912

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#11 Spokane, Portland & Seattle Ry. roundhouse crew with locomotive 104, Vancouver, 1912

Spokane, Portland & Seattle Ry. roundhouse crew with locomotive 104, Vancouver, 1912

A large number of men are sitting and standing on and in front of a locomotive marked with the numbers "104".

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#12 Tichenor’s Camp, near Vancouver, 1910

Tichenor's Camp, near Vancouver, 1910

Image shows a group of ten loggers standing and sitting near a donkey engine in a forest. The man standing in the foreground on the left skid of the donkey engine is marked with an "x". A note on the reverse reads "Grandpa [marked with X] at Tichenor's Camp on Murray place where the mill is not far from the old home place.

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#13 Nineteenth Annual Convention, Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs, Vancouver, 1911

Nineteenth Annual Convention, Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs, Vancouver, 1911

Members of the Pacific Coast Fire Chief's Association stand and sit in rows outside a stone building, gathered for their 19th annual convention in Vancouver, BC. One small boy is in the group. Most men wear a medal on their chests.

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#14 Male Swimmers near, Vancouver Island, 1913

Male Swimmers near, Vancouver Island, 1913

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#15 S.S. Cottage City Wrecked, Vancouver Island, 1911

S.S. Cottage City Wrecked, Vancouver Island, 1911

Snow is on the dense trees along the coast in the background. The ship was built 1890 at Bath, MA for the Oregon Improvement Co., by the New England Shipbuilding Co. Jan. 26, 1911 she was wrecked at Cape Mudge at the entrance to Seymor Narrows.

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#16 Group of Men by Tents, Clo-oose, Vancouver, 1913

Group of Men by Tents, Clo-oose, Vancouver, 1913

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#17 Nitinat Village at Clo-oose, Vancouver, 1913

Nitinat Village at Clo-oose, Vancouver, 1913

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#18 Standifer Construction Corp., Steel Plant, Vancouver, 1918

Standifer Construction Corp., Steel Plant, Vancouver, 1918

A woman holding a large rose floral bouquet stands on the dock, next to the bow of the S.S. Cokesit, built by the G.M. Standifer Construction Corp for the U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, with her hand on a beribboned bottle hanging by the bow, ready to christen the ship.

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#19 Logging railroad track and clearcut in Clallam County, 1918.

Logging railroad track and clearcut in Clallam County, 1918.

The railroad was constructed by the U.S. Army Spruce Production Division to transport spruce logs to Fort Vancouver and other sites.

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#20 Soldiers stand in line or hover in the background to receive their meal, 1918

Soldiers stand in line or hover in the background to receive their meal, 1918

Two men in white aprons and hats serve the food. Another wears a white hat but no apron and stands to one side The mess is located out-of-doors at Fort Vancouver, WA.

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#21 Logging railroad track by Lake Crescent in Clallam County, 1918

Logging railroad track by Lake Crescent in Clallam County, 1918

The railroad was constructed by the U.S. Army Spruce Production Division to transport spruce logs to Fort Vancouver and other sites.

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#22 Logging railroad track, workers laying railroad ties, 1918

Logging railroad track, workers laying railroad ties, 1918

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#23 Andresen Grocery, 1910.

Andresen Grocery, 1910.

J.A. Walter (Deputy Sheriff), Mr. Strebe in the white apron, J.P.W. Andresen and C.J. Campbell stand outside at Andresen Grocery located at 804 Washington Street in Vancouver.

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#24 Arnada School Construction, 1910

Arnada School Construction, 1910

Arnada School, located on the corner of 26th (Forth Plain Boulevard) and G Street (facing H Street on the North side) in Vancouver.

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#25 Automobiles Waiting for Interstate Bridge Opening, 1917

Automobiles Waiting for Interstate Bridge Opening, 1917

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#26 A. Axtell Jr. greenhouse located at 706 West 13th Street in Vancouver, 1911

A. Axtell Jr. greenhouse located at 706 West 13th Street in Vancouver, 1911

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#27 The interior of B.P. Youmans Hardware located on 8th and Washington Street in Vancouver, 1911

The interior of B.P. Youmans Hardware located on 8th and Washington Street in Vancouver, 1911

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#28 B.P. Youmans Hardware located on 8th and Washington Street in Vancouver, 1911

B.P. Youmans Hardware located on 8th and Washington Street in Vancouver, 1911

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#29 A car drives in a parade as it passes 8th and Main Street in Vancouver, 1917

A car drives in a parade as it passes 8th and Main Street in Vancouver, 1917

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#30 A view of Main Street Battle Ground, 1911

A view of Main Street Battle Ground, 1911

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#31 The Berean Bible Class marches during a parade held in Vancouver, 1917

The Berean Bible Class marches during a parade held in Vancouver, 1917

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#32 The abutment at the foot of Washington St. First street looking East from top of the ferry on November 5, 1915.

The abutment at the foot of Washington St. First street looking East from top of the ferry on November 5, 1915.

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#33 Floyd Gray, a civilian teamster, is driving the wagon at the Vancouver Barracks, 1910s

Floyd Gray, a civilian teamster, is driving the wagon at the Vancouver Barracks, 1910s

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#34 Cantonment in Vancouver, 1918

Cantonment in Vancouver, 1918

The airship is on its way to the Vancouver Barracks to deliver mail to Genernal Constant Williams, barracks commander at the time. The pilot of the ship is identified as Lincoln Beachey. This is a photo of the first airmail delivery underway.

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#35 Central School, 1910

Central School, 1910

Central School in Battle Ground, Washington. Building completed in 1910. Raised in 1912. Additions made in 1913 and 1914.

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#36 6th and Main Street Vancouver, 1914

6th and Main Street Vancouver, 1914

A snowy day in downtown Vancouver at 6th and Main, looking north. The Schofield building is on the left. In the distance, Horse teams and pedestrians navigate the snow-covered streets

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#37 6th and Main Street Vancouver, 1914

6th and Main Street Vancouver, 1914

Businesses visible on the left include the Majestic Bar, Vancouver Stationery and Office Supplies, and Anderson's Training Camp. On the right is a tailor, Vancouver Title-Abstracts, and Atkinson and Gilbert Real Estate.

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#38 11th and Main Street, Vancouver, 1914

11th and Main Street, Vancouver, 1914

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#39 12th Street Lot Cleared for Building, 1915

12th Street Lot Cleared for Building, 1915

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#40 Clarke County Abstract & Loan Co. Building, 1911

Clarke County Abstract & Loan Co. Building, 1911

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#41 Class of 1917 Vancouver High School, 1916

Class of 1917 Vancouver High School, 1916

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#42 The Cokesit afloat on the Columbia River at the Standifer shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, 1919

The Cokesit afloat on the Columbia River at the Standifer shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, 1919

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#43 Columbia Street and 21st Street, Vancouver, 1910

Columbia Street and 21st Street, Vancouver, 1910

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#44 Ehrlich’s Meats & Groceries, Vancouver, 1910s

Ehrlich's Meats & Groceries, Vancouver, 1910s

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#45 The Daniels Street Post Office in Vancouver representing its condition following construction on July 1, 1917.

The Daniels Street Post Office in Vancouver representing its condition following construction on July 1, 1917.

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#46 Ferry Alongside the Interstate Bridge, 1915

Ferry Alongside the Interstate Bridge, 1915

A newly constructed portion of Interstate Bridge. The bridge replaced the use of ferry boats between Vancouver and Portland.

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#47 First Round of Selective Service Draftees from Vancouver, 1917

First Round of Selective Service Draftees from Vancouver, 1917

The first group of draftees from Vancouver answer the roll call in front of the Hotel St. Elmo on 5th and Washington in 1917.

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#48 Fort Vancouver High School, 1913

Fort Vancouver High School, 1913

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#49 Fourth of July Celebration, 1915

Fourth of July Celebration, 1915

Players sit on a bench during a baseball game celebrating the 4th of July in Vancouver, Washington. St. Paul's Lutheran and the Snodgrass House at 13th Street and Franklin are visible in the background.

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#50 Frank X. Thibodeau Groceries, 1910s

Frank X. Thibodeau Groceries, 1910s

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#51 Fredrickson Family with Ole Peterson, 1918

Fredrickson Family with Ole Peterson, 1918

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#52 The Methodist Church over the Gushing Wallpaper Store located at 8th and Washington Street in Vancouver, 1910

The Methodist Church over the Gushing Wallpaper Store located at 8th and Washington Street in Vancouver, 1910

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#53 A man with a team of horses and a wagon sit in front of a building at the Vancouver Barracks, 1910

A man with a team of horses and a wagon sit in front of a building at the Vancouver Barracks, 1910

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#54 Crowds celebrate Independence Day in Fairbanks, July 4th, 1914.

Crowds celebrate Independence Day in Fairbanks, July 4th, 1914.

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#55 Soldiers move down Main Street in Vancouver, 1914

Soldiers move down Main Street in Vancouver, 1914

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#56 Marshall House in Winter, 1912

Marshall House in Winter, 1912

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#57 The Methodist Bible Class marches between 7th and 8th Street on Main Street during a parade in Vancouver, 1917

The Methodist Bible Class marches between 7th and 8th Street on Main Street during a parade in Vancouver, 1917

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#58 Methodist parsonage and church located on East Mill Plain in Vancouver, 1917

Methodist parsonage and church located on East Mill Plain in Vancouver, 1917

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#59 The Millway Café located at 500 Franklin Street in Vancouver, 1917

The Millway Café located at 500 Franklin Street in Vancouver, 1917

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#60 The New Era Chinese Band marches in a 4th of July parade in Vancouver, 1914

The New Era Chinese Band marches in a 4th of July parade in Vancouver, 1914

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#61 North Bank Feed Store, 1917

North Bank Feed Store, 1917

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#62 A view down Officer’s Row at the Vancouver Barracks from the east entrance, 1914

A view down Officer's Row at the Vancouver Barracks from the east entrance, 1914

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#63 The Vancouver office of the Pacific Telephone Company. Located on 11th and Washington Street, 1911

The Vancouver office of the Pacific Telephone Company. Located on 11th and Washington Street, 1911

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#64 Parade Grounds and Soldiers Quarters at Vancouver Barracks, 1918

Parade Grounds and Soldiers Quarters at Vancouver Barracks, 1918

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#65 A. M. Blake Home, 1910

A. M. Blake Home, 1910

A. M. Blake's home, built in 1910. From left to right: Mrs. Blake, Mr. Blake, Rosa Blake, Dorothy and Roland Asher (cousins). The address of the home is Coach Street 535, Camas.

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