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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"The Columbia River Highway ... Troutdale to Crown Point"
Includes ... Historic Columbia River Highway ... Crown Point Highway ... National Recreation Trail ... Roadhouses ... Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail ... National Register of Historic Places ...
Image, 2004, Crown Point from Portland Woman's Forum Scenic View, click to enlarge
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View from Chanticleer Point, now the Portland's Woman Forum Scenic Viewpoint, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken October 11, 2004.


Historic Columbia River Highway ...

Follow the Highway ... (west to east)
  • Troutdale (Sandy River) to Crown Point ...
    • Overview ...
    • Troutdale ...
    • Crossing the Sandy River ...
    • Woodard Road ...
    • Views along the Highway ...
    • "Eateries" along the Sandy ...
    • Portland Automobile Club Grounds ...
    • Dabney State Recreation Area ...
    • Springdale and Corbett ...
    • Corbett Hill Road Intersection, HCRH to Interstate 84 ...
    • Crestview and Menucha ...
    • Portland Woman's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint (Chanticleer Point) ...
    • The Summit ...
    • Larch Mountain Road and the View Point Inn ...
    • Water Storge Tanks ...
    • Pedestrian Overlook ...
    • Approaching Crown Point ...
    • Crown Point ...

  • Crown Point to the Dodson I-84 Interchange ...
  • Dodson to Cascade Locks ...
  • Cascade Locks to Hood River ...
  • Hood River to The Dalles ...


 
Troutdale (Sandy River) to Crown Point


Overview ...
(to come)


Troutdale ...
Troutdale, Oregon, known as the "Gateway to the Gorge", is located along the Sandy River three miles south of the Sandy's convergence with the Columbia River. Troutdale is often considered by some as the start of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The actual start however of the HCRH lies thirteen miles west, at the intersection of Portland's SW Washington and SW Broadway.

[More Troutdale]

  • (HMP 13) ... Troutdale:

Image, 2015, Troutdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Centennial Arch, Troutdale, Oregon. View looking east. Broughton Bluff is in the distance. Image taken March 16, 2015.

The "Centennial Arch" was dedicated in 2010 and celebrates the 100th birthday of Troutdale. It spans Main Street on the western end of Troutdale.
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Troutdale Street Scene heading east, Troutdale, Oregon. View taken from moving car from the old Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken March 16, 2015.
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Historic Gas Station, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken December 29, 2014.


Crossing the Sandy River ...
There are two "starting points" for the Historic Columbia River Highway, both bridges crossing the Sandy River. One is the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale, completed in 1912, and the other is the Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street, completed in 1914. The Sandy River originates on the slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon, and flows 55 miles to its mouth, entering the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 120.5.

[More Sandy River]

  • HMP 14.2 ... Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale (1912):

    • "The first modern bridge on what became the CRH, this structure consists of one 40-foot steel plate girder span and two nine-panel 162-foot Pratt through-truss spans. It has an 18-foot roadway. The bridge forms one of two entrances to the CRH from the west, and was originally part of Multnomah County's rural road network, 1912." [National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996]

      "The total length of the two-span through stell truss bridge is 364 feet, each truss span being 162 feet long with a 40-foot steel deck girder approach on the west end. Also called Lower Sandy River Bridge and Troutdale Bridge." [National Registration of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1983]

  • HMP 16.7 ... Sandy River (Stark Street) Bridge (1914):

    • "One of the oldest steel truss highway bridges in Oregon, this structure consists of one ten-panel 200'-2 1/2" riveted Pratt camel-back through truss steel span and one 5-panel 77'-6" Warren pony truss. Total length is 277'-8 1/2". The deck is 20 feet wide. This bridge forms the second western entrance to the CRH, on Stark Street/Baseline Road, which begins in the heart of downtown Portland. At the time of the highway's construction, the Portland Automobile Club established a camp for its members near this bridge, 1914." [National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996]

      "The structure consists of one 200-foot, through Pratt camelback steel truss and a 77-foot Warren pony truss. The total length is 277 feet. It is located near the old Portland Automobile Clubhouse and Grounds and was built by the Oregon State Highway Division. Also called Auto Club Bridge and Upper Sandy River Bridge." [National Registration of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1983]


Image, 2015, Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale, looking east, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken March 16, 2015.
Image, 2015, Sandy River, Stark Street Bridge, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street, looking east, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken March 16, 2015.


Woodard Road ...
In the early years before the Columbia River Highway, travelers using the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale continued south along the east side of the Sandy River for about 3/4 mile, then turned east and headed up Woodard Road before connecting with the rest of the Multnomah County road system at the top of the bluff at approximately HMP 18, just west of the small community of Springdale. Meanwhile, travelers crossing the Sandy River at Stark Street continued east towards Springdale, following a gentler incline up the bluff. In 1916 the cliffs bordering the Sandy River were blasted away and a road was built connecting the two bridges. Woodard Road was bypassed because it's grades reached 20%, not fitting in with the Columbia River Highway's goal of only 5% inclines. Today Woodard Road makes a pleasant 1.8-mile drive uphill between the Sandy River and Springdale.

  • (HMP 15) ... Woodard Road, west end:

  • (HMP 18) ... Woodard Road, east end:

Image, 2015, Troutdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Woodard Road junction, west end, Troutdale, Oregon. View looking north with Woodard Road heading east. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Home, (old Service Station ???), Woodard Road west junction with the HCRH, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Woodard Road scene, Troutdale, Oregon. View looking west along Woodard Road approximately 1/2 mile before reaching the western junction with the Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Woodard Road junction, east end, Springdale, Oregon. View looking west. Image taken April 10, 2015.


Views along the Highway ...
"The portion of the CRH from the Sandy River to its junction with Larch Mountain Road, retains its original character as a country road. All of this section, except for 1.5 miles of the 2.5 miles between the Sandy River (Troutdale) Bridge and the Sandy River (Stark Street) Bridge, predates the highway. It was part of an extensive farm-to-market road system in eastern Multnomah County that radiates from Portland to its hinterland. The 1.5 miles of improvements, which is immediately north and west of the Sandy River (Stark Street) Bridge, is a water-level alignment created through substantial cliff side cuts along the Sandy River. It was built in 1916 as part of the CRH's original construction and bypassed a county road connecting with the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale that had 20 percent grades." National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996

Image, 2015, Historic Columbia River Highway, Sandy River at Troutdale to Stark Street Bridge, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway heading south, Sandy River, Oregon. Broughton Bluff rises on the left. Image taken March 16, 2015.

View located between the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale and the Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street.
Image, 2015, Historic Columbia River Highway, Sandy River at Troutdale to Stark Street Bridge, click to enlarge
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Historic Columbia River Highway heading south, Sandy River, Oregon. Broughton Bluff rises on the left. Image taken November 11, 2015.

View located between the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale and the Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street.
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Historic Columbia River Highway heading north, Sandy River, Oregon. Broughton Bluff rises on the right. Image taken March 16, 2015.

View located between the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale and the Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street.


"Eateries" along the Sandy ...
Two "eateries" can be found in the 2.5 mile section of Historic Columbia River Highway between the two Sandy River Bridges. Tad's Chicken 'N Dumplins was an original HCRH roadhouse which opened in the early 1920s just after some of the more famous Columbia River Roadhouses opened their doors. According to their website "The original Tad's was primarily a fish-house, a place to eat fresh, local seafood. The food was simple and regional, perfect for hungry travelers and the new migrants.". Today, in addition to the wonderful seafood, local residents flock to Tad's for a bowl of their fantastic Chicken and Dumplings! Shirley's Tippy Canoe Restaurant, located less than 1.5 miles upstream from Tad's, started as a "roadside bar" in the early 1940s, closed in the 1990s, and then re-opened about 2005 with a whole new atmosphere, keeping with the historical value of the old building.

[More HCRH Roadhouses]

  • (HMP 14.5) ... Tad's Chicken 'N Dumplins (1920s):

  • (HMP 15.8) ... Shirley's Tippy Canoe (1940s):

Image, 2014, Troutdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Tad's Chicken 'N Dumplins, on the Sandy River, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken December 29, 2014.
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Tad's Chicken 'N Dumplins, on the Sandy River, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken December 29, 2014.
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Shirley's Tippy Canoe Restaurant, on the Sandy River, Troutdale, Oregon. View from moving car. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Shirley's Tippy Canoe Restaurant, on the Sandy River, Troutdale, Oregon. View from moving car. Image taken March 17, 2016.


Portland Automobile Club Grounds ...
The Portland Automobile Club organized in 1905 and had established a grounds and clubhouse on the southwest side of the Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street. This soon became the first rest stop for travelers heading east along the Highway into the Gorge. Today the clubhouse is gone but the property still remains and is a private residence.

[More Portland Automobile Club]

  • (HMP 16.7) ... Portland Auto Club Grounds (ca.1910):

Map, 1927, Sandy River and Dabney Park, click to enlarge
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MAP detail, 1927, Multnomah County T1S R4E, showing the Sandy River, the "Oregon State Motor Association", and the "Dabney Park" development. Metsker Maps. Map courtesy "HistoricMapWorks.com" website, 2015.
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Light post and fence surrounding the early Portland Automobile Club grounds, Troutdale, Oregon. View from heading east on Stark Street. Image taken March 16, 2015.
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Original gate support, Portland Automobile Club grounds, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Detail, original gate support, Portland Automobile Club grounds, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken November 11, 2015.


Dabney State Recreation Area ...
Dabney State Park borders the right bank of the Sandy River at approximately River Mile (RM) 6, and is located approximately 1/2 mile upstream from the Sandy River Bridge at Stark Street. The original area of 70 acres was a gift to the state from Multnomah County in 1945.

[More Dabney State Recreation Area]

  • (HMP 17) ... Dabney State Recreation Area (1945):

Image, 2015, Dabney State Recreation Area, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Dabney State Recreation Area sign, Sandy River, Oregon. Image taken March 16, 2015.
Image, 2005, Sandy River at Dabney State Recreation Area, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sandy River, Oregon, as seen from Dabney State Recreation Area. Looking downstream towards the Stark Street Bridge. Lewis and Clark explored up the Sandy to about this location. Broughton Bluff is on the right. Image taken November 19, 2005.


Springdale and Corbett ...
The Historic Columbia River Highway made its way through two small Oregon communities, Springdale and Corbett, before reaching the magnificent scenery of the Gorge.

[More Springdale]
[More Corbett]

  • (HMP 18.5) ... Springdale Community:

    • "The Springdale community presents several older buildings including a school and a gas station repair facility at the HCRH junction with Bell Road." [HCRH Master Plan, 2005]

    • Open vistas begin in this rural landscape area, enabling views back to the west, open fields and farm areas. ... Views are possible of Mount Hood, Oregon, and Mount Adams, Washington ...

  • (HMP 21) ... Corbett:

    • "This is the most intensively developed unincorporated area along the highway. This area has several commercial, service, small scale industrial, and public service facilities located in it." [HCRH Master Plan, 2005]

    • "As one travels east views start to open up to the north of the Washougal area of Washington. Open fields and residences are still obvious from the road. Small farm use with cleared fields are interspersed with forested areas." [HCRH Master Plan, 2005]

Image, 2015, Springdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Springdale School, Springdale, Oregon. View taken from moving car from the old Highway 30 (old Columbia River Highway). Image taken March 16, 2015.
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Big Bear's Country Market, Springdale, Oregon. Located at the junction of the Old Highway 30 (old Columbia River Highway) and Woodard Road in Springdale. Image taken November 11, 2015.
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Big Bear's Country Market, Springdale, Oregon. Located at the junction of the Old Highway 30 (old Columbia River Highway) and Woodard Road in Springdale. Image taken November 11, 2015.
Image, 2014, Corbett, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Corbett Country Market, Corbett, Oregon. View from moving car on old Highway 30 (Old Columbia River Highway). Image taken June 30, 2014.
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Corbett Country Market, Corbett, Oregon. Image taken June 28, 2009.


Corbett Hill Road Intersection, HCRH to Interstate 84 ...
  • (HMP 21) ... Intersection with NE Corbett Hill Road to return to Interstate 84:


Crestview and Menucha ...
Two stately magnificent "summer homes" were built in the early years of the Columbia River Highway, each perched high on the cliff overlooking the Columbia River. Today they are both retreats and conference centers.

[More Crestview]
[More Menucha]

  • (HMP) ... Ehrmanor/Crestview Manor:

    • "Edward Ehrman, a Portland wholesale grocer, constructed this mansion, earlier known as "Ehrmanor," as a summer home for his family. ...   Located high atop the cliffs overlooking a spectacular view of the Columbia River Gorge, this original 11,000 square foot summer retreat included amenities such as an open truss ceiling, three large fireplaces, banks of French doors, tennis court, swimming pool and a reflecting pond. In 1933, the Ehrman family sold the estate to second owner, Jim Roby who stayed at the manor during the summers. The third owner, Edwin Hollinshead, acquired the property and changed the name to "Crestview Manor" as a place for large business parties and formal balls. ...   Then in 1952, the Northwest District of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (now the North Pacific District) purchased the property, developing a whole new purpose for the former show piece. 1953 marked the first summer of youth and children's camps held at Crestview, a tradition that continues to this day." [Camp Crestview website, 2015]

  • (HMP) ... Menucha:

    • "In 1874, John Painter, an English sailor whose ship wrecked in Hawaii some years earlier, fled the island with his Hawaiian wife when family members were threatened with confinement to a leper colony. The Painters aimed for Oregon and homesteaded Menucha. ...   Forty years later, Julius Meier, partner in the Meier and Frank department stores, envisioned a country retreat. He scouted a site away from the bustle of Portland and the distractions of a political career – one that would see him become Governor of Oregon from 1931 to 1935. The Meier family purchased the Painter property and named it “Menucha,” a place of rural elegance where notables like Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt came for visits. ...   The primary residence, now known as Wright Hall, was built in the 1920’s. ...   In 1950, First Presbyterian Church of Portland purchased the property from the Meier family, who were pleased to see it dedicated as an ecumenical center, a gift in perpetuity to communities of people from around the world. ...." ["Menucha.org" website, 2015]

Image, 2016, Crestview Manor sign, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Crestview Manor sign, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2016.
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Crestview Manor, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2016.
Image, 2016, Menucha sign, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Menucha sign, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2016.
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Wright Hall, Menucha, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2016.


Portland Woman's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint (Chanticleer Point) ...
The Chanticleer Inn on Chanticleer Point was built in 1912 before the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Access to the Inn was by train to the Depot at Rooster Rock, or by boat up the Columbia River to the dock, and then climbing steep stairs or taking a horse-drawn coach up a windy road (later a motorized coach). In 1915 when the Highway opened, access became easier and the Inn prospered. Chanticleer Inn burned down October 8, 1930. In 1962 the site was purchased by the Portland Women's Forum and donated to the Oregon State Parks amd Recreation Department. Chanticleer Point is located at Columbia River Mile 127.5.

[More Chanticleer Point]

  • (HMP 22.5) ... Chanticleer Point and Chanticleer Inn (1912):

  • (HMP 22.5) ... Portland Women's Forum State Park (1962):

    • "This small state park is located at Chanticleer Point, where the first long-distance view of the Columbia River Gorge is encountered east of Portland. ... Here, for travelers in the early part 20th century, Chanticleer Inn offered country dining with a view of the Gorge off its veranda. The location was as far east from Portland on the county's road network as anyone could drive prior to the CRH's construction. Some diners even traveled by train to Rooster Rock, at the river's edge and then by automobile or carriage up a steep road to the Inn, some 700 feet above the river. The site was important in the CRH's developemtn because promoters and boosters met there to plan the route and continued as a popular destination once the highway was completed. Chanticleer Inn burned in the 1930s. Subsequently, the Portland Women's Forum, which was active in preserving the Columbia River Gorge's natural beauty, gained title to the property. It donated the parcel to the state for a park in 1962. Additional acreage was acquired in 1970." [National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996]

    • "The small state park is located at Chanticleer Point, where the first long distance view of the Columbia River Gorge is encountered east of Portland. The park is the site of the old Chanticleer Inn, a popular restaurant incidentally important in the development of the Columbia River Highway. In 1913, the promoters and boosters of the Columbia River Highway met here to plan the highway. The restaurant burned in the 1930s. The park began from a gift of the Portland Women's Forum. The total park size is 7.26 acres, excluding the county road right-of-way through the park." [National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1983]

  • (HMP 22.5) ... Samuel Hill Memorial (1932):

    • "In 1930, this 50-ton basalt boulder was moved from the Rocky Butte Quarry, in east Portland, to its present site, at the CRH's intersection with the riveway leading to the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, as a memorial for Samuel Hill. Seattle sculptor Alonzo Victor Lewis designed several bronze bas-reliefs for the rock, including three panels measuring 24" x 36" that depict Gorge history (aboriginal life, Lewis and Clark meeting the Indians along the Columbia, and transportation along the rive before the CRH). Alonzo Victor Lewis also designed a round relief bust of Samuel Hill, along with a dedicatory plaque. The boulder was placed on a platform consisting of three basalt steps. Sixteen stone posts, each weighing one ton, were palced around the rock in a circle 45 feet in diameter. Hand-made wrought-iron chains connect the bollards. Four openings provide entrances to the enclosure." [National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996]

    • "A large rock, located at the park entrance, is a memorial to Samuel Hill, the CRH's visionary. It was dedicated on 13 May 1932." [National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996]

Penny Postcard, Chanticleer Inn, ca.1916
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Penny Postcard: Chanticleer Inn, ca.1916.
Penny Postcard, ca.1916, "Chanticleer Inn, Columbia Highway, Ore." Year given as 1916 on "PDXHistory.com" website, with comment "the back porch was enlarged and enclosed". Card #647. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image, 2006, Chanticleer Point, click to enlarge
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Chanticleer Point, now the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint Sign, click to enlarge
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Parking, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken September 23, 2006.
Image, 2014, Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, click to enlarge
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Monument, Chanticleer Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken July 7, 2014.

"Chanticleer Point, Portland Women's Forum, Dedicated to the Preservation of the Natural Beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, May 19, 1960."
Image, 2004, Crown Point from Portland Woman's Forum Scenic View, click to enlarge
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View from Chanticleer Point, now the Portland's Woman Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken October 11, 2004.


The Summit ...
About half way between Chanticleer Point and the Larch Mountain Road, just past Knieriem Road, is the high point of the Historic Columbia River Highway known as "The Summit". A gas station and diner were once located there, offering visitors a spectacular view of the Gorge. Today there is a one-car pullout which offers beautiful views of Washington State and the Columbia River.

[More The Summit]

  • (HMP 22.8) ... The Summit (1914):

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Historic Columbia River Highway looking west, at junction with Knieriem Road, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2016.
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Historic Columbia River Highway view across the Columbia River, at The Summit location, Oregon. Image taken March 17, 2016.


Larch Mountain Road and the View Point Inn ...
[More View Point Inn]
More Larch Mountain]

  • HMP 23 ... Junction with Larch Mountain Road:

  • (HMP 23) ... View Point Inn (1925):

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Historic Columbia River Highway junction with Larch Mountain road, Oregon. Image taken March 30, 2015.
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View Point Inn, Oregon. Image taken June 27, 2009.


Water Storage Tanks ...
[More Storage Tanks]

  • (HMP 23.3) ... Storage Tanks (1915):

    • "In June [1915] ... the Rooster Rock Water Company completed a 4-inch line from its spring near Rooster Rock and piped water to Columbia Heights. Water from this spring, piped to storage tanks above Crown Point, provided water for the Vista House and other facilities at the Point. (These tanks are still visible from the highway.)" [Mershon, 2006, "The Columbia River Highway", p.88]

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Water storage tanks west of Crown Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken April 10, 2015.
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Water storage tanks west of Crown Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken April 10, 2015.


Pedestrian Overlook ...
[More Pedestrian Overlook]

  • HMP 23.6 ... Pedestrian Overlook (1995):

    • "This pedestrian overlook, just west of Crown Point, consists of a slip-form grout-lock wall of a design similar to but not identical to guard walls seen throughout the CRH and concrete seats. It did not replace a previous structure, but provides a new safe vehicle pullout and pedestrian alcove to capture views of the Columbia River Gorge." [National Historic Landmark Nomination Form, 1996]

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Pedestrian Overlook before Crown Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 30, 2015.
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Vista House as seen from the Pedestrian Overlook before Crown Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 30, 2015.
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Vista House as seen from the Pedestrian Overlook before Crown Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 30, 2015.
Image, 2015, Steigerwald Lake NWR from Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, as seen from the Pedestrian Overlook before Crown Point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Image taken March 30, 2015.


Approaching Crown Point ...
One favorite location to visit on the Historic Columbia River Highway is Crown Point and Vista House. Crown Point and Vista House can only be reached via the Historic Highway.

[More Crown Point]
[More Vista House]

  • (HMP 23.7) ... Approaching Crown Point:

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Approaching Crown Point and Vista House, Historic Columbia River Highway. Image taken March 30, 2015.
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Crown Point and Vista House, Historic Columbia River Highway. The Historic Highway curves to the left to circle around Vista House. Image taken March 30, 2015.


Crown Point ...
Crown Point is a large lava flow feature on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 129, with Rooster Rock being 733 feet below and Rooster Rock State Park stetching upstream.

[More Crown Point]

Penny Postcard, Crown Point and NO Vista House, Oregon, ca.1916
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Penny Postcard: Crown Point before Vista House, Oregon, ca.1916.
Penny Postcard, ca.1916, "Crown Point and Rooster Rock. Along Columbia River Highway, Oregon." Published by the Oregon News Company. Card #O-16. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Crown Point and Vista House, Oregon, ca.1920
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Penny Postcard: Aerial view, Crown Point and Vista House, Oregon, with Crown Point Chalet, ca.1920.
Penny Postcard, ca.1920, "Vista House - Crown Point 'On the Columbia River Highway'." Building on the right is the "Crown Point Chalet", which was built in 1915 and closed in 1927. The building was demolished in the 1950s. Photo by A.M. Prentiss. Published by The Rose City News Co., Portland, Oregon. Card #7. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


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