In the early 1800s, the bustling township of Ft. Trading Post occupied a hefty real-estate along the banks of the Columbia River in present-day Washington. It was one of the largest trading posts in the Northwest and was constructed by the Hudson’s Bay Company, serving as an essential center for exchanging goods with Indigenous tribes as well as providing respite to pioneers traveling westbound.
Patrons bustled in and out of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost, employees moving diligently amongst them in a blur of activity. For many years, the busy scene persisted before the post was eventually sold to the United States government. Afterwards, the once-lively post was left fallow and forgotten; consequently, it has now transformed into a state park.
An essential trading post, Ft. Trading Post provided a key source of commerce for the Hudson’s Bay Company and an essential resting point for settlers of the West alike. After more than a century of operation, the post fell into disrepair and became abandoned in the early 1900s – nevertheless, it’s legacy still lives strong in the history books of the Northwest.