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Old Apple Tree

        Fort Vancouver was established in 1824 by the Hudson Bay Fur Company. Hudson’s Bay governor Sir George Simpson invited his cousin, Emilius Simpson, to come to the newly established fort. Emilius Simpson was asked to plant a tree using the apple seeds from a desert that he ate at his farewell party. He arrived in October,1826, and the seeds were planted shortly after. Around 1830, Washington's first apple harvest occurred. It was here in Vancouver that the apple tree only produced one apple. The apple was an English Apple, the type of apple you would use in an apple pie. In October, the apple tree will be 190 years old. To celebrate this piece of culture, there is a festival the first Saturday in October. Trees like this one only normally only survive 50-70 years.



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