Historic Columbia River Highway and Waterfalls OR, Aug 2003

The Historic Columbia River Highway was the first modern highway constructed in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway in the United States. The road became a trunk route from Portland’s large commercial center to eastern Oregon and points beyond.

The road is the pinnacle of early-20th-century rural highway design created to take visitors to the Columbia River Gorge’s most breathtaking and beautiful natural wonders and scenic vistas. The HCRH was a portion of the longer “Columbia River Highway,” and was constructed between 1913 and 1922.

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