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Hazel Dell

Oregon Country pioneers Reese and Sarah J. Anderson were Hazel Dell's first European settlers. Sarah named the area after a stand of filberts on their land near what is today 78th Street and Highway 99. She also donated the land for the first school in Hazel Dell. 

The name "Bear Gulch" was briefly considered by the early Hazel Dell residents. Hazel Dell and Minnehaha were two of the first suburban areas to be developed after World War II and were followed by Lake Shore, Felida, and Salmon Creek. 

Much of the housing boom in this area has subsided due to the increase of homes being built to the east of Vancouver, between Interstate 205 and Camas and Washington State Route 500/Fourth Plain Boulevard and the Columbia River.

Until the late 1960s, it was not uncommon to see dairy cattle where there are now shopping centers, along I-5. Children during that time made money for school clothes and summer activities by picking raspberries, strawberries, beans and other vegetables. 

After the child labor laws went into effect, restricting children under 12 from working, most farm owners turned to "direct to customer" U-pick. There are now only a handful of small acreage farms left in Hazel Dell and no dairies at all.

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