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Off Beat Fort Vancouver again a witness to the moons passing fancy

first_imgFort Vancouver has played different roles in eclipse-watching over the years. On Aug. 21, it will provide viewers of the Great American Eclipse with lots of parking spaces, plenty of room to hang out and one of the biggest skies in town.In 1860, it seems, its big contribution was mules.As part of an eclipse-watching event at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, author Mary Rose will discuss the history of eclipses in the Pacific Northwest.Her presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. — just about the time the moon and sun go their separate ways — at the bookstore in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.Rose has previewed some of the material for “Plunge into Darkness: Historical Eclipses that Crossed the Pacific Northwest.” She is a historian for the Confluence Project, a nonprofit that weaves education and heritage into public programs.The path of the total eclipse on July 18, 1860, went from the southwest corner of Washington Territory to the northeast corner. The U.S. Army’s quartermaster general instructed the quartermaster at Fort Vancouver to supply as many pack mules as might be required to transport the scientists and their equipment from Seattle to their observation point near Steilacoom.last_img read more

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