I originally posted this information on my old website on March 26, 2009, and last updated it on December 18, 2009.
The Vancouver depot sits at the end of the 1908 drawbridge over the Columbia River, in one corner of a "wye" arrangement of track forming the junction between the north-south line between Portland and Seattle and the east-west line down the north side of the Columbia River Gorge leading to Spokane and points east, putting tracks on both sides of the depot.
The depot was built at about the same time as the bridge and originally served the Great Northern, Northern Pacific and Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railways.
The Union Pacific began serving the depot as well in 1910.
The interior of the Vancouver depot was renovated in late 2008 and the depot reopened in mid-January, 2009 with a more open floor plan resulting in a much larger waiting room.
Train carries James J. Hill across the new Columbia River Railroad Bridge from Portland to Vancouver on November 5, 1908 (HistoryLink.org)
Railroading in Vancouver & Southwest Washington (HistoryLink.org)
Postcard View of Vancouver Depot, circa 1914 (Washington State Railroads Historical Society)
Postcard View of Vancouver Depot, circa 1915 (Washington State Historical Society)
Vancouver Depot, August 22, 1972 (rrpicturearchives.net)
Vancouver Depot, September 20, 1994 (shastaroute.railfan.net/)