Saturday, June 20th, 2015.
Our biggest fundraising event of the year to restore and reconnect the Historic Highway and State Trail is coming soon!
“…the highway is a religion, a work of art to be given the devotion of a lifetime.”
Mark Woodruff, The Oregonian, 1916
“You have in the Columbia Highway the most remarkable engineering in the United States, which for scenic grandeur is not equaled anywhere.”
“The people of Oregon country have built this great highway for agricultural and commercial pursuits, as well as for the enjoyment of the beautiful and grand in nature.”
Samuel C. Lancaster
If all Americans knew of Oregon’s natural wonders fewer would go to Europe in quest of scenic beauty.
-Cross & Dimmitt, The Columbia River Highway: America’s Greatest Scenic Drive (ca. 1920)
The Columbia River Highway is the first scenic highway in the United States. This historic road serpentines the cliffs and waterfalls near the southern shore of the Columbia River in Oregon through one of the most beautiful places on earth: the Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbia River Gorge, an 80 mile passage through the Cascade Mountain Range, bisects the states of Washington and Oregon in the Northwest USA. It is noted for its fabulous scenery, numerous waterfalls, steep rock cliffs, windsurfing, verdant growth, and nearby fruit orchards – all of which are showcased from this historic highway.