Photo courtesy of Matt Davis
Throughout history, people have been driven by a desire to explore. It’s our nature to seek out the unknown. It is this curiosity, this zeal for discovery that has made the Pacific Northwest the rugged and vibrant place it is today.
The sister towns of Camas (incorp. 1906) and Washougal (incorp. 1908) are often called the “Crossroads to Discovery” for their importance in the economic and cultural development of the region. For thousands of years native Chinook tribes lived here, expertly traversing the Columbia River for food and trade. Starting in the 1500s small groups of European explorers navigated the area in search of an elusive Northwest Passage to Asia.
Today the curiosity is still within us, as we hike our trails, sail our rivers and climb our mountains. With every adventure we learn more about this wondrous land and we add to the legacy of traders, scientists, soldiers and settlers that came before. Explorations, great and small, have given us a history as diverse as our people and as awe-inspiring as our beautiful landscape.
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