I recall that tunnel vividly. Loved looking out those "port holes" while we whizzed by to or from Portland. Such a shame that this iconic thing was lost.
I would venture a guess that periodically a rock would come crashing down onto the railroad track....
I hope and would think that in this day and age it would have been preserved.
Charlott on 24th June 2019 @ 7:03am
what is that old but true saying.....something about if we forget our past we are doomed to repeat......I take that to mean that I need to tell my grandchildren about this loss and remind them that their deceased uncle, brother John W.,, retired ODOT, always said that it could have been saved if we had wanted to.
and this posting will help keep that memory alive. thanks Arthur...…….
Arlen Sheldrake on 24th June 2019 @ 3:44pm
Along with the former HR Bridge that would have been a wonderful
hike/bike continuation of the trail coming up from Portland.
ODOT nixed that idea too.
nels on 24th June 2019 @ 5:23pm
This is scheduled to be rebuilt starting next year.
DAVID JOHNSON on 28th June 2019 @ 8:14pm
In later years there were traffic lights to allow one way traffic, some wires remain at the east end.
Kenn on 19th September 2019 @ 9:54am
Hood River Glacier item discussing progress of the tunnel.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 3rd May 2020 @ 11:28am
Columbia Highway Dedicated, July 6, 1915
The train of eight automobiles had left Portland before 6 o'clock Tuesday morning. It was exactly 2:48 in the afternoon when the first car reached the west limits of the city.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 6th May 2020 @ 4:50pm
The Hood River Glacier, August 26, 1915, page 1
Viaduct nears completion.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 11th May 2020 @ 5:14am
Mitchells Point tunnel opened.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 11th May 2020 @ 5:47pm