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Looking for more information about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site? Explore the other pages in this section to learn more.
Read the latest news releases from the park, find out how to follow us on social media, and read about past years' accomplishments in our Superintendent's Annual Reports.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a scenic and fascinating place to experience history! See photographs, listen to our podcast, and take a virtual tour.
Discover the people who have shaped this place, and take a peek into the park's vast museum collection.
Even an urban national park like Fort Vancouver National Historic Site can be home to an array of animal and plant life! Learn more about the cultural and natural landscape here.
Through curriculum materials, field trips, and field schools, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site transforms into a classroom for students of all ages!
Earn your Junior Ranger badge while visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and learn more about our Youth Volunteer Program.
Learn more about our staff and offices, park statistics, and the laws and policies that help us manage this unit of the National Park System.
From National Monument to National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Monument was established on June 19, 1948 "to preserve as a national monument the site of the original Hudson's Bay stockade (of Fort Vancouver) and sufficient surrounding land to preserve the historical features of the area" for "the benefit of the people of the United States." The Department of the Interior report on the legislation further stated that the lands so dedicated should fulfill "two essential requirements—the preservation of the historic stockade…and the preservation of the historic parade ground of the later United States Army Post."
To improve the conditions for achieving the legislative requirements of the park, Congress passed an act June 30, 1961 (75 Stat. 196), enlarging the boundaries of Fort Vancouver and redesignating the national monument as a national historic site.
In September 2011, the U.S. Army ceased its operations at East and South Vancouver Barracks, and on May 22, 2012, the U.S. Army relinquished ownership to the National Park Service, in accordance with the 1961 legislation that expanded the boundaries of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and with the USDOD 2005 Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission recommendations.
Purpose of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
As interpreted though enabling legislation, the purpose of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is to preserve and interpret the following:
Last updated: January 16, 2018