As cars became larger and faster the Columbia River Highway became more and more dangerous. This collision between a Dodge automobile and a motorcycle in 1949 had very sad results. Accidents like this spurred on the development of the new highway near river level.
The old highway was not built for speed. Used to take forever to get from Hood River to Portland and we kids considered it a real days outing when we went.
Charlott on 21st April 2015 @ 7:02am
During the '40s and '50s several times a year my parents and I would drive from where we lived in North Portland to 709 Cascade to spend a holiday with my grandparents, Emory and Nellie Davenport. The transit to Troutdale was fine - but after that we never knew just what we'd run into. If the weather was bad, or if you got behind a big truck, it could be 3 - 4 hours to make the trip. This was misery for an 8 or 10 year old boy. Too bad we didn't have IPads or smart phones then - and I couldn't read a book, because I'd get car-sick
Jerry Larsen on 21st April 2015 @ 8:30am
If those cars wouldn't have been in the way, that would have been a fun motorcycle run back in the day.
Buzz on 21st April 2015 @ 10:44am
Had a Harley when I worked at the tie mill at Cooks and lived in Portland, really enjoyed the curves of the old highway, especially at night with no traffic.
Kenn on 21st April 2015 @ 4:45pm
I never rode that road without getting car sick & we used often!
nancy s lewis on 2nd June 2015 @ 5:34pm
How well I remember the “old” Columbia River Highway♥️
We used to drive it when going to Portland, Estacada Silverton & Eugene😀
Those “curves” and “tunnels” were like riding a ”Roller Coaster”.....
I still remember the car “sickness” 🤢🤮
Patti on 16th April 2019 @ 6:12pm