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Downtown Vancouver (Images of America: Washington) Paperback – November 10, 2004
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About the Author
Author Pat Jollota, who spent 22 years as curator of the Clark County Historical Museum, has compiled this amazing collection of images of Vancouver’s beginning and early downtown. Jollota, who serves on Vancouver’s city council, is also the author of the historic book Naming Clark County, as well as a collection of Clark County ghost stories, Darkness Next Door.
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This book has a few tidbits about people in Vancouver that remind me how very much that they weren't just names in a history book. When the law declared that the St. James Church belonged to the Army and not to the Catholic Church (the book didn't give the year, but with searching online, found out this was in the 1890s), a young Army officer went to the church to help the priest move out, and I laughed out loud when I read how the angry priest reacted to the officer's offer of help. I also liked the bit about the practical joke a pilot made at the dedication festival for Pearson Field in 1925.
My husband and I only noticed one thing that could have been a glaring typo. It was in reference to a photo (on page 25) telling us where Pearson Field would later be.... however, the book said the photo was taken in the 1970s. We're guessing it had been actually taken in the 1870s, as Pearson Field was dedicated in 1925 and it has never changed locations. If it had been taken in the 1970s, we would have seen Pearson Field in the photo.
Like the other reviewer said, I wish there were more in this book. However, what is there is nicely laid out. Each section begins with a page of history in text, followed by pages of photos with descriptive captions.
The Fort Vancouver library system has this book, by the way. ^_^