This blueline dated 1918 shows alternate routes considered for the Columbia River Highway between Hood River and Mosier. We all know the beautiful route the road followed when completed in 1922, but this drawing shows several alternates were considered. It shows:
The "Middle Route" looks most similar to today's route, though I can't tell if it included the twin tunnels.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
On the River Route, it looks like the Highway either went under or over the railroad tracks on that point that juts out into the Columbia River.
The dotted road the farthest south, would that be the old trail/road between Mosier and HR?
L.E. on 22nd November 2016 @ 5:43pm
The dotted line is labelled "Present Road/ Hood River to Mosier", probabkly what we call "Old Dalles Road". The dotted line to the left is labelled "East Side Road" which is the name still in use.
Arthur on 22nd November 2016 @ 11:54pm
Extremely difficult terrain from Mosier all the way to the Sandy River, the engineers were amazing.
Kenn on 23rd November 2016 @ 4:58pm
The contract for the middle route was awarded on January 7, 1919:
Jeffrey W Bryant on 12th August 2020 @ 5:23am