The first known permanent settler to homestead Battle Ground was John Tuke, who chose the area near what is now known as Tuke’s Mountain for his farm in 1862. Later in the decade, others followed. These earliest homesteaders tended to congregate to the north and east of today's city, and for decades the name Battle Ground was applied to a much larger area than it is today. It wasn't until the railroad came through in 1902 that the name became associated exclusively with the town, which was incorporated in 1951.
Battle Ground is a small, tight-knit suburban community that is home to approximately 17,000 residents. Spanning approximately 3.6 square miles, it is located in Washington State, less than 20 miles from Portland. Industries that provide employment include construction, education, health and social services, manufacturing and retail. Battle Ground's real estate options consist of single family homes, estate properties, townhomes, condos and land lots. Nearby communities include Brush Prairie and Hockinson.
The commercial district is located on Main Street and has different characteristics along its length, from large regional stores on one end, to smaller, locally owned stores on the other. Battle Ground Village is a 21- acre of mixed used space in Southeast Battleground with local businesses, specialty stores, restaurants, cafes and an outdoor market. There are also a number of community events throughout the year, such as Harvest Days, parades, street dances, and carnivals.
Recreational amenities abound in and just outside of Battle Ground and include several neighborhood parks and two nearby state parks. Battle Ground Lake State Park is as made up of 280 acres of beautiful, forested land in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with a lake of volcanic origin, considered to be a smaller version of Crater Lake in Oregon. Paradise Point State Park is an 88-acre camping park with 6,180 feet of freshwater shoreline, where residents and visitors fish, swim, bike, hike, horseback ride, and play baseball, badminton and volleyball. Both parks are open year-round for camping and day use.