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Columbia Springs
Columbia Springs is located in Washington (state)
Columbia Springs
Columbia Springs is located in the United States
Columbia Springs
Location12208 SE Evergreen Hwy,, Vancouver, Washington
Coordinates45°35′59.28″N 122°32′44.88″W / 45.5998000°N 122.5458000°W / 45.5998000; -122.5458000Coordinates: 45°35′59.28″N 122°32′44.88″W / 45.5998000°N 122.5458000°W / 45.5998000; -122.5458000
Area100 acres (40 ha)
Builtc. 1828 (1828), c. 1938, c. 1996

Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center, also known as the "Vancouver Trout Hatchery" and "Columbia Springs ", is located in Vancouver on the Old Evergreen Highway. A 100 acre urban natural site, Columbia Springs hosts thousands of guests a year for field trips, events, Guided Hikes, Hatchery Tours, and passive uses. Like a city park, Columbia Springs is open to the public from dawn to dusk year round.[1]

Hydrology[edit | edit source]

The springs is located on the Columbia Slope that was formed during the Missoula Floods. The Non-artesian springs have a recharge area created by a gravel deposit that was left from one of the floods. The springs are recharged by seepage.

History[edit | edit source]

1828 - The first sawmill was built to supply the lumber needed for Fort Vancouver and the Hudson Bay Company on the orders from Dr. John McLoughlin. A historical marker is located on the southern edge of the property noting the spot as the birthplace of the Northwest Lumbering Industry.[2]

1862 - After the HBC left the area, Lewis Love bought the properties and the sawmill. He also installed a gristmill on the site. The original 1866 grist stones were located on site and are located on southwest edge of the main parking area.

1877 - Both the sawmill and grist mill were destroyed by fire. The gristmill was rebuilt and operated until 1921[?} . The love

Education center[edit | edit source]

A nonprofit whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. We envision a community which values the environment and does what they can to protect it for future generations.

An education center which offers events, programs, and workshops to teach people of all ages surprising, amazing things about nature, and the practical ways we can protect this shared treasure.

Park[edit | edit source]

Columbia Springs offers two miles of nature trails, picnic areas, and wildlife viewing decks. Notable items on display:

  • Replica of 1800s Water Wheel[3]
  • Grist Mill Stones from Lewis Love Mill[4]

Historic site[edit | edit source]

The historic site of the first lumber mill in the Pacific Northwest[5] , and current home to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal.[6]

Nature area[edit | edit source]

A protected natural area which contributes to the city's total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife.

Hatchery[edit | edit source]

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife [7] has run the Vancouver Trout Hatchery continuous since 1938. Over 100,000 rainbow trout, steel-head, and brown trout are reared at the site and then planted in local lakes yearly.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Columbia Springs". Columbia Springs. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  2. Columbia Springs Sign. 1970's Columbia Springs Poster (Columbia Springs Historical Marker). Vancouver, WA: Columbia Springs. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  3. "Water Wheel at Columbia Springs". Columbian Newspaper. July 11, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  4. Columbia Springs Sign. 1970's Columbia Springs Poster (Columbia Springs Historical Marker). Vancouver, WA: Columbia Springs. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  5. Columbia Springs Sign. 1970's Columbia Springs Poster (Columbia Springs Historical Marker). Vancouver, WA: Columbia Springs. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  6. "New Hatchery to be Erected". The Columbian. September 20, 1937.
  7. "WDFW Hatchery Facilities". Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Retrieved February 27, 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:Buildings and structures in Vancouver, Washington Category:Tourist attractions in Vancouver, Washington Category:Urban public parks Category:Parks in Washington (state) Category:Geography of Vancouver, Washington Category:Parks in Clark County, Washington

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