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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Welcome Home to Vanport

Welcome Home to Vanport

Monday May 30, 9:00am - 3:00pm

On May 30, 1948 at 4:17pm a railroad embankment gave way and the Columbia River flooded the city of Vanport. This is a day to remember Vanport, once the second-largest city in Oregon and home to nearly 100,000 World War II workers, veterans and families.

An event of the 2016 Vanport Mosaic Festival (May 27 - 30), activities will include walking and biking tours to the levees and part of the historic city site, including resident and historian speakers, an exhibit, a “Show and Tell” area and music. Click here to learn more.

Interested in volunteering?
Vanport Mosaic is looking for volunteers to help with various aspects of the event!  As a volunteer, you will have a unique opportunity to learn about the Vanport Flood and it’s effects on the people and land in the Columbia Slough Watershed. Volunteers will help to greet and share information with participants at tour stops, assist with parking, and help with the set-up/break-down of the event. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and to register.

Questions about Volunteering?
For more information contact the volunteer coordinator for this event: Susan Barthel at 971-322-9025 or

Event Details


This is an outdoor tour; there will be some walking on uneven ground.


Portland International Raceway
1940 N. Victory Blvd.
Portland, OR 97217

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