Fort Vancouver Tapestry

20. Mounted Riflemen

Mounted riflemen arrive

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Sponsored by: Marjorie Frantzen Sayles
in memory of Dorothy Stephenson
For months in 1849 the Army had combed the coast trying to round up deserters who were trying to get to the gold rush in California. During the summer they camped in tents on the high ground behind the fort and started building log structures for shelter during the following winter. By 1851 they had formally proclaimed the establishment of a reservation of about four square miles, which included the Hudson Bay Company stockade and the land and improvements to the east and west.