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A Crossroads for Canoes, Trains and Airplanes Vancouver, Washington

The Fort Vancouver National Site sits close to the Columbia River, just east of I-5, with access from the Highway 14 exit. In addition to the Land Bridge installation of the Confluence Project, the reserve includes former U.S. Army Barracks, the Ft Vancouver Historic Site, and small sections of the riverfront. From the Reserve parking lot, a walk past Fort Vancouver and through a grassy area leads to the Land Bridge.

Easy access from a sloping riverbank to a prairie made the site of great value to native peoples, and traders. As the railroad, highway, and small airport went in, its character as a crossroads kept growing. However the site lost its access to the river. Now, with the Land Bridge crossing over the railroad tracks and highway, it is possible again to walk the short distance from Fort Vancouver to the river.

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