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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Remembering, Restoring, and Reconnecting the King of Roads

The history of the Columbia River Highway is a tale of visionaries, civic leaders, skilled engineers, and talented artisans.

Presenters: Sharon Daleo, Project Engineer, CH2M Hill; Christopher Miller, Landscape Architect, Walker/Macy

Started in 1913, the road soon was touted as the “King of Roads“ because of its graceful design and amazing engineering. Starting in the 1940s, the freeway construction through the Gorge severed the original route in numerous locations. Interested groups have joined together to advocate for the reconnection of the Historic Columbia River Highway as a trail through the Gorge. Learn the history the old road, the restoration efforts underway, the engineering challenges, and stories of how advocates have built a coalition of support.

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