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The History of Vancouver

Currently the only Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care Center in Washington, the Cascade Park location serves a growing number of people with strong ties to their community.

When most people think of Vancouver, they think of the most populous western Canadian city. Yet, 29 years before the capital of British Columbia was founded, the riverport of Vancouver was incorporated in 1857, a bustling foundation in the Pacific Northwest for military might and the fur trade.

While its namesake comes from British Captain George Vancouver and Ft. Vancouver, the area was home to the Chinookan native people for 10,000 years, a region rich in timber and fisheries. Those resources continued to be a gold mine, leading the region to provide military support and natural resources for the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

In 1908, the first rail line east through the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge reached Vancouver and two years later, a railroad bridge opened south across the Columbia, opening up access otherwise reserved for ferries. Finally, in 1917, the first span of the Interstate Bridge was completed, easing the translocation between Portland and Vancouver.

Heavy military presence continued over the decades. With the support of three shipyards operating along the Columbia River and the Pearson Airfield, which built the world’s largest spruce cut-up mill, hundreds of airplanes and ships were assembled for the First World War. An aluminum plant opened in 1940, using inexpensive electricity from Bonneville Dam turbines constructed during the New Deal. During WWII, the Kaiser Shipyards constructed Liberty and Victory ships for the war effort.

The increased production of ships and planes brought an influx of residents to the area, increasing Vancouver’s population from 18,000 to 80,000 in just a few months. This led to the creation of the Vancouver Housing Authority and six new residential developments, now all distinct neighborhoods in present-day Vancouver.

Vancouver continues to grow rapidly, with many residents commuting to Portland. More than one-third of Vancouver’s urban population lives in unincorporated urban areas north of city limits. If including the communities of Hazel Dell, Felida, Orchards, and Salmon Creek, Vancouver would be Washington’s second-largest city. With a population hovering at just over 160,000 in Vancouver alone it is included in the 2.3 million people found in the Portland metropolitan area.

With that much growth comes the need for reliable health care to support strong communities and healthy people. The Cascade Park location is the first of several walk-in locations scheduled to open in Clark County. Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care centers are dedicated to easy and reliable access for the people of Vancouver. Two more are scheduled to open within the next two years so check in often on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



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