Earl Deitz memorialized the completion of the Columbia River Highway just east of here on August 2, 1920. The caption says, "The last load of 'Hot Stuff' on the Columbia River Highway." The "hot stuff" was Warrenite, a patented type of asphalt which was used to pave the highway. I imagine that first drive to Mosier along the new highway was a thrill.
Is the gentleman who is standing so straight, with the bow tie, Mr Butler who was also featured in opening the bridge over the Columbia?
Definitely a recognizable spot as soon as you open the photo.
l.e. on 19th February 2013 @ 8:02am
From a 1916 ebook "Good Roads Yearbook"
"Warrenite is not an oil coating for macadam roads but is a permanent surfacing which is composed of varying sizes of the best stone obtainable scientifically mixed with bituminous cement, laid and rolled while still hot, the fine particles of stone filling the voids and giving the surface the inherent stability a permanent country road surface requires."
l.e. on 19th February 2013 @ 9:08am
If that is, indeed, Truman Butler my mother said he played the mandolin.
Jill Stanford on 20th February 2013 @ 4:04pm