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History of Battle Ground Lake State Park
This area was named for a battle that settlers at Fort Vancouver expected to happen in 1855 between U.S. Army soldiers and some Klickitat Indians. The battle never occurred.
Captain Strong, the post commander, allowed some Klickitat Indians to leave the fort on the promise that they would return after burying their chief, who had been accidentally killed. Most fort residents believed a battle would ensue to get the Native Americans to return, and therefore dubbed the spot Strong's Battle Ground. The Native Americans, true to their word, returned peacefully, but the name took hold. Later, the area was simply referred to as Battle Ground.