Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with the Columbia River Gorge area. From the geological formations to the communities which dot the highway and the bridges, the falls and the flora and fauna of the area–it is a fascinating and beautiful place!
I attended a seminar presented by Ken Manske at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon. Ken wrote a travel guide for the Historic Columbia River Highway. His talk and slide presentation provided a wonderful look at the highway’s history and how it evolved, what has been lost through development of Interstate 84 and the start of restoring and preserving the old highway.
If you have historical information, photographs or post cards, or even links that should be posted here, please contact me. In the meantime, please keep checking back to see what is happening along the Historic Columbia River Highway!
The Historic Columbia River Highway is America’s premier Historic and Scenic Highway. Built between 1913 and 1922, along the steep cliffs of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, this narrow, curving roadway was a technological tour-de-force when it was constructed. When the Interstate Highway system was being constructed in the 1950s, many portions of the old highway were demolished, abandoned, or bypassed. Today, work is ongoing to create hiking trails for additional enjoyment of this historic highway.
Newspaper articles from yesteryear.
- Cape Horn Blasted
- Columbia Gateway to the Pacific Coast
- Columbia River Highway Becomes Transcontinenal Route
- Columiba River Highway in Good Shape
- Columbia River Highwy Gasoline Advertisement
- Columiba River Highway Open
- Columbia River Work Begins
- Over the New Columiba Grade part 1
- Over the New Columiba Grade part 2
Conceived of by Sam Hill, who hired Sam Lancaster as his chief engineer, the historic Columbia River Highway connects Portland Oregon through the majestic the Columbia River Gorge to points east. Dedicated in 2016 it was the first highway in the US constructed primarily for sightseeing. Today the highway is being restored in time for it’s centennial in 2016 so that it can be used again for it’s original purpose.