Ridgefield, Washington: Jefferson Davis Highway Markers

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Address:
NW Maplecrest Rd, Ridgefield, WA
Directions:
I-5 exit 14, east on Pioneer St., cross freeway, veer right and then left. Turn right onto 10th Ave., drive south one mile, turn right into Carty Rd, cross back over freeway, quick right onto Maplecrest. Monument will be on the left.
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Jefferson Davis Highway Markers

Two highway monuments to the Confederate president have been removed from elsewhere in Washington state and relocated on private land.

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Vandalized markers.

Jefferson Davis Wayward Highway Marker

Two former highway markers now reside in Jefferson Davis Park along with two flag poles flying an American flag, a Gadsden flag, and what appear to be a pair of Confederate flags. Both markers are secured behind steel cages and both suffer from graffiti and a very thick substance applied to make them partially unreadable. We made this stop while Black Lives Matter protest are underway in Portland and elsewhere, so I don't know if the vandalism is recent or an ongoing problem.

[John Francis, 08/10/2020]

The markers, which date from 1930 and 1940, formerly stood along U.S. Highway 99 (unofficially known as the Jefferson Davis Highway) in Blaine and Vancouver, Washington.

Jefferson Davis Memorial.

Jefferson Davis Wayward Highway Marker

Both Jefferson Davis markers are now in place. Commemorating the last greatest patriot this country has ever seen.

[Andy, 07/02/2010]

Jefferson Davis highway marker in new park.

Jefferson Davis Park

Small quarter-acre park built as a permanent location for the Jefferson Davis Highway marker that was originally placed nearby in 1939, and that the City of Vancouver removed in 2005. It's still a work-in-progress, but all construction will be complete by the date of the official opening and dedication on April 27, 2008.

[Brent Jacobs, 02/09/2008]
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