Minnehaha, is a neighborhood located within the city of Vancouver. The name's origin is Native American and is often translated as "Laughing Water", however, the correct translation is "curling water" or "waterfall", as in Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota. The name comes from the Dakota language.
This area got its name from a Columbian Newspaper editorial back in 1891. The editor wrote about Burnt Bridge Creek and called it "Minnehaha, laughing water," from Longfellow's poem "The Song of Hiawatha". The name appealed to the citizenry and they kept it. Before that the area was called the "Black Forest" for its thick timber which has given way to a sprawling residential and commercial neighborhood.