Pearson Air Museum
Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar
Built around 1918, the historic building originally served the Cut-up Plant of the Vancouver Spruce Mill, operated by the U.S. Army Signal Corps' Spruce Production Division. Around 1924, the building was moved to its present location by the Army Air Service.
"This building is an especially significant one, as exemplified by its listing on the National Register of Historic Places," explained Greg Shine, Chief Ranger & Historian. " At its peak in October 1918, the Vancouver Spruce Mill employed over 3,000 soldiers and cut and shipped one million board feet of aircraft spruce each working day. Not only is this hangar building one of only a few remaining from that Spruce Mill era, it also represents the site's later aviation history. Its repurposing as an aircraft hangar in the 1920's, during the Golden Age of Aviation, also serves as an early example of adaptive reuse."
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