Our understanding of what the village looked like during the fur trade era is the result of analyses of various maps, drawings and descriptions made by visitors to the village, as well as archaeological investigations.
The village was located west of the fort stockade, extending south from present-day 5th street (then called Upper Mill Road) to the Columbia River.
In the east, the village extended from the fort palisade approximately one-third to one-half of a mile to the west, approximately where I-5 lies today.
From inventories and maps we can estimate that there were approximately fifty dwellings in the village, though this number changed throughout the history of the village as numbers of employees waxed and waned.
These homes were mostly single-story houses, built in a variety of styles--including the "log-cabin," "post-on-sill," and "frame-and-weatherboard" styles.
The village dwellings are described as having earthen floors. Most had unfinished wood walls, though some had plastered walls of clay or wallpaper.
The furnishings were sparse, consisting of a mix of European and Native American objects. Village structures probably housed permanent workers, while seasonal workers and brigades who were not lucky enough to bunk with a relative or friend probably slept in tents or out in the open.