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Esther Short Park (26 of 29)

Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Washington was established in 1853, and is the oldest public park in the state of Washington. It has been called the "oldest public park in the West" by some, but was created after Lafayette Park in St. Louis, Missouri. It is located in the city's downtown between West Columbia and 8th Street. It was bequeathed to the city in 1862, and includes a children's playground, a rose garden, a large fountain system made of columnar basalt, a bell/clock tower, and the historic Slocum House. The park also houses the outdoor farmer's market each weekend. Photo courtesy of the Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau