This is where I will be today with several thousand close friends commemorating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Columbia River Highway. On June 7th, 1916, speeches were given and shutters were snapped triggering a steady flow of automobiles to the little city of Hood River. I'll be a passenger in a motorcade of vintage vehicles arriving at Multnomah Falls at the appointed time 100 years later for more speeches and more photo ops. We'll see how my vintage iPhone works to capture this moment in history.
It would be eight more years before the road was paved as far as the Dalles, so we have plenty of time to plan that centennial.
This Cross & Dimmitt photograph looks like it's from the early days. The mortar still looks sharp and fresh.
I am seeing something somewhat interesting here. The man and the one woman have some sort of ribbons, metals, or whatever on their clothing. Ofcourse, I don't know for certain, but they could have been attending a GAR encampment somewhere and on tour up to Multnomah Falls. He definitely looks of the age to have been a Civil War Vet.
Naturally love the mode of dress....Some fancy shoes it appears.
Charlott on 7th June 2016 @ 7:11am
I have been working with a cultural-tourism group for The Gorge. One major concern of everyone is the increase of traffic.
How do you share the beauty of the area without putting everyone's life at risk. How do you prevent so much traffic that you can't enjoy the beauty?
The plans for the Old Columbia River Highway will hopefully be a peaceful, scenic bicycle ride or hike. Thanks Arthur for all you, and dedicated friends contributed toward this project.
L.E. on 7th June 2016 @ 7:24am
I visited the cars at Troutdale, Vista House and at the falls, sorry I did not recognize Arthur.
Kenn on 7th June 2016 @ 2:04pm
That is because he is ahead of time. I suspect in 40 years, Arthur might look like the gentleman in the photo.
The more you study this photo, the more you realize what an excellent capture by photographers Cross and Dimmitt.
L.E. on 7th June 2016 @ 2:30pm
The new bus service from Portland to Multnomah Falls is proving very popular and should help with the traffic problem... Five dollars for the round trip is very reasonable and they can handle bikes.
Kenn on 7th June 2016 @ 3:54pm
If it gets serious enough, buses that one can hop on and off of might be a tourist answer, similar to Yellowstone and Washington, D.C. or an expensive parking permit to encourage using a shuttle. That would leave the heavily used freeway for through traffic.
nels on 7th June 2016 @ 4:18pm
I spoke with ODOT today about the first two weeks of shuttle service. The shuttle was packed-- far busier than they expected. I look forward to some more data, and a planned extension to Hood River in the next two years.
More about the exciting event tomorrow!
Arthur on 7th June 2016 @ 5:50pm