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Historic Hwy 30, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon | by Bonnie Moreland (free images)
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Historic Hwy 30, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

About 14,000 years ago, cataclysmic floods scoured out the Columbia River Gorge. Early visionaries engineered an inspired drive along its towering walls. As America’s first scenic highway and a National Historic Landmark, this 70-mile/113-kilometer route is indeed the “King of Roads.”

 

The Highway was left partially intact after Interstate 84 was built, with the middle section cut into pieces or partially destroyed. Efforts are underway to create vehicle-free paths for cyclists and pedestrians, transforming the abandoned sections into the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

 

In keeping with the beauty of it's surroundings, the Columbia River Highway builders made sure that the man-made structures along the road were equally beautiful. You'll see lovely stonework and concrete arches along your driving tour, the remains of the historic highway's original safety rails, turnouts, and bridges large and small.

 

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Taken on October 20, 2019