Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Columbia River Highway

Welcome to my NEW website.

Welcome to the long overdue update to the Historic Columbia River Highway website.  The old design was dated, and was horrible on mobile devices.  There are some content additions, and I’ve rearranged things slightly.  You will notice some blank pages, the content is coming, I just wanted to get the new site up.  The old site was pretty much hand coded, which meant it was a real pain to update things.  The new site runs on WordPress, so it’s about 1000% easier to update and manage.

Enjoy!

One of my favorite things to do is to take a drive out the Historic Columbia River Highway up the Columbia River Gorge. As a scenic drive, it cannot be beat. It is beautiful any time of year. I have probably driven it a thousand times and each time I see something new. It may be historic, but it never gets old.

Columbia River Highway Display Ad, New York Times, May 18,1924, page RPA6

Columbia River Highway Display Ad, New York Times, May 18,1924, page RPA6.

It’s Winter in the Columbia River Gorge!

Winter is an interesting time to drive the Historic Columbia River Highway in the western part of the Columbia River Gorge. The leaves are off the trees and many views hidden by summer foliage come to light. This lush vegetation was not always there. Prior to the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway several fires had swept through the western part of the Columbia River Gorge.

If you look at some of my Postcards you can see that the views from the highway were much better then than now. The Highway Department even trimmed the undergrowth to preserve the views until it was deemed “unnatural.”

If we are lucky enough to get a really good ice storm (sometimes referred to as a silver thaw) in the Columbia River gorge the waterfalls can be spectacular. If you do head out on the Historic Columbia River Highway after an ice storm do it in a four wheel drive vehicle with studded snow tires. Anything else is suicide. I’ve seen many wrecks and stranded cars because some fool thought his/her Subaru with summer tires could make the trip.

 

WARNING:

If you take your dog(s) hiking, as I do, PLEASE KEEP THEM ON A LEASH! It’s more than simple courtesy, it’s the safest thing for your dog.

Fun Stuff:

Plan a drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway this weekend with this map of the Highway from Corbett to Dodson.

Historic Columbia River Highway Map (Corbett to Dodson)
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For a longer drive, try the Mount Hood Scenic Loop.

Mount Hood Scenic Loop Map
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ODOT Historic Columbia River Highway Brochure
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Cool off with a Columbia River Gorge hike through the rainforest this weekend

Hiking Trails in the Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah Falls Area Hiking Map
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Make a weekend of it and camp out in one of the many campsites along the Historic Columbia River Highway or in the Columbia River Gorge.

Camping in the Columbia River Gorge

Recreational opportunities abound along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Hiking, biking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, photography…the list is virtually endless.

There are also many fine museums, shops, restaurants and lodgings along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Slowly but surely (well, slowly anyway) I’ll be adding information on the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Columbia River Gorge and activities associated with them to this site.

A few years ago I bought a set of 1920’s vintage Columbia River Highway (it wasn’t yet historic) Postcards on eBay. Little did I know the enormous piles of Postcards, books, maps, brochures, ephemera and artwork that one set of Postcards would grow into. You can see some of this stuff in the Historic Columbia River Highway Postcards and Historic Columbia River Highway Ephemera areas. I’ll be adding more from my collection as time and initiative permit.

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