Camas is a city in Clark County, Washington, with a population of 19,355. Officially incorporated on June 18, 1906, Camas has undergone a transformation driven by the influx of several white-collar, high tech companies including Hewlett-Packard, Sharp Microelectronics, Linear Technology, WaferTech and Underwriters Labs.
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Camas was founded as the Lacamas Colony in 1883 by Henry Pittock who owned the Oregonian newspaper. The up-river location from Vancouver made it an ideal site for his new papermill. The town was named after the Camas Lilly which was used as food by the local Chinook Tribes. This agricultural town was incorporated in 1906 as an active Prohibition town. Its incorporation was done as a way to control alcohol.
The east side of town borders the city of Washougal, Washington, and the west side of town borders Vancouver, Washington. Camas lies along the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Troutdale, Oregon and is a part of the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area as defined by the United States Census Bureau. At this juncture, the Columbia River is nearly a mile wide. Vehicle traffic flows across the Columbia via the interstate bridge on I-5 and the Glenn Jackson bridge on I-205. The main road through town is the limited-access SR 14 expressway. Based on per capita income, Camas ranks 59th the 522 areas in the State of Washington.