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Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon

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Historic Columbia River Highway
Columbia River, State of Oregon, USA

The Historic Columbia River Highway runs along the Columbia River on the Oregon side for approximately 75 miles. It is considered one of the most scenic highways in Oregon and was the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. It begins in Troutdale and ends in The Dalles as a important safe passage being built between 1913 and 1922. Points of interest are the Bridge of the Gods and Cascade Locks. Another area of special interest is where the historic highway runs through Mosier and its preserved tunnels highlighting scenic tour days. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Landmark and is designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It was replaced for logistics, speed, safety, and accessibility with the construction of the Interstate Highway 84 during the 1930’s and 1950’s, falling to be a placade of history maintained by the state of Oregon as Historic Columbia River Highway No. 100 or Route 30 as well as the “Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.” Is was modeled after the great scenic roads of Europe and the project initiated by Sam Hill (local lawyer and entrepreneur) with the assistance of engineer Samuel C. Lancaster. It was envisioned first as a tourist play route for road trips in the Model T absorbing the beauty of the Columbia River and its waterfalls. It blended in as Highway Route 30 when the U.S. Highway system was established in 1926. It was an essential route taking advantage of the lowest crossing of the Cascade Mountains that was carved by the Columbia River during the Cascades mountain uplift providing a safe and economic alternative to the previous dangerous rafting portages used by the Oregon Trail. Originally at this crossing was the Barlow Road in 1846 around the south side of Mount Hood, followed by the Sandy wagon road in the 1870s, and the railway. It was a very difficult highway to create dealing with numerous curves, grades, distance, rockfalls, avalanches, and drops. All the locations with elements of natural beauty and scenic wonder were set as control points along the route to be included.

Mosier, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25077). January 17, 2016. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409
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Mosier Twin Tunnels, Mosier, Oregon

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Mosier Twin Tunnels
Mosier, Oregon

These remnants of the Columbia River Highway’s history echoes a time of great adventure, slow travel, and mesmerizing views. The Columbia River Highway once came through these cliffs back in 1921. There were 2 tunnels that originally were built through this high rock point to allow for travel. It was a popular highway then turned byway, then turned trail. It gave fabulous views of the Columbia River and the Gorge. The architects of the tunnels took their inspirated from the Axenstrasse along Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. But regardless of the sound design, these tunnels were plagued with troubles, especially rockfalls and automobile accidents. In 1954 they build the replacement road at water level along the river, and these tunnels were abandoned and fell into disrepair. The replacement road became Interstate 84. In 1995 the tunnels were re-opened for tourist byway access, and then converted to the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail, completely restored. It was opened to hikers in 2000 as a 4 1/4 mile hiking trail. Panoramic scenic overlooks, picnic tables, and paved trails appease the regular day-visitors to this hotspot along the Columbia. Great views of 18 mile island can be seen very nicely from several vantage points along the trail. THere is an etching of a message scratched into the rock past the sencond window in 1921 by a hunting party that was trapped there from snow fall in the past.

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Eighteen Mile Island, Columbia River, Oregon

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18 Mile IslandBR>~ Mosier, Oregon ~

Originally called “Chicken Charlie’s Island”, this little island is a scenic wonder along the Columbia River that is nearly 10 acre large island on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. It can be seen from Interstate Highway, milepost 174. It is located approximately a half mile from Mosier, Oregon. It is believed to have hosted a chicken ranch on int in 1904 owned by the Reither family. In 1915 it was inhabited by Charles Reither who lived on it until his death in 1963. It is a privately owned small rocky island that hosts navigational lights and was an island referenced by Meriwether Lewis during the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is pretty rocky, barren and remote. It hosts douglas firs, willows, wildflowers, cherry, blackberry, and a little sandy beach. There is a three story wood frame house on it that was privately built in 1969. It was later renamed “Eighteenmile Island” by the USGS in 1934. In 2007 the island and house was for sale to the amount of 1.4 million. Great views of the island can be seen from the Mosier Twin Tunnels hiking trail along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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Mosier, Oregon

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Mosier, Oregon

A charming littler artistic town, Mosier is most popular for the Mosier Twin Tunnels hiking trail. The area was first settled by white Euro-Americans in 1854 and became a city in 1914. They built a post office here, then the Mosier School in 1920, which later became a charter school known as the Mosier Community School in 2003. The town is approximately .64 square miles. It is downstream of the 18 mile island and was along the Columbia River Highway long ago. Today, the 96 oil car derailment that caused a natural disaster on June 3, 2016 has placed Mosier on the map.

Mosier, Oregon ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=25077). January 17, 2016. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by  Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409
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The Dalles, Oregon

The Dalles, Oregon

Along the Columbia River by the dam is “The Dalles”, a small town with just over 13,600 residents (2010). It is the largest city on the Oregon side of the Columbia River outside of Portland. It originally began as a major Native American trade center beginning approximately 10,000 years ago and as thus, is a major location for some of Columbia River’s most important archaeological discoveries. It was here in 1805 that Lewis and Clark camped and recorded the area as “Quenett” after the Indian name for Mill Creek where they camped. The name of the city “The Dalles” comes from the French word “dalle” meaning “sluice” or “flagstone” after the column shaped basalt rocks that over the ages was carved by the river. It also related to “rapids” as used by French-Canadian employes of the Northwest Company referring to the rapids on the Columbia River at this point, as well as Celilo Falls. It was also nicknamed Little Dalles or Short Narrows. The Historic Columbia River Highway, one of Oregon’s famous scenic byways ends its route here.

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Hood River, Oregon

Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
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Hood River, Oregon
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A magnificent port city where the Hood River meets the Columbia River, “Hood River” is named after the river that flows through the city. A small city with just under 7,200 inhabitants (2010 census: 7167) it is a central point of tourism along the Columbia River and the Gorge. Hood River, the City is located approximately 30 miles north of Mount Hood – the tallest peak in all of Oregon. Across the Columbia River is White Salmon and Bingen, Washington. South of the city is Hood River Valley where some of the Gorge’s most famous apples, cherries, and pears are grown.

White Euro-American settlement in the area began in the 19th century, with the post office becoming established on September 30, 1858 and the city becoming incorporated in 1895. In 1908, Hood River became part of Hood River County after establishing its own county parting from Wasco County.

The city takes up approximately 3.35 square miles along the Columbia River, just west of the Hood River. The city resides in the transition zone between the wet temperate rainforest of the west and the dry shrub-steppe desert of the east granting the city a moderate climate with rainy winters and warm summers, and less rainfall than most of eastern Oregon averaging around 30 inches a year. Just 20 miles west in Cascade Locks, the annual precipitation is approximately 75 inches and 20 miles east, in the Dalles less than 15 inches a year. Temperatures are slightly cooler here than most nearby cities because of the air drainage off of Mt. Hood. Hood River area is known for the consistent high winds that channel down the Columbia River Gorge making it a very popular windsurfing location. Hood River has fast become one of the world’s most famous locations for windsurfing and kiteboarding. It is also a prime location for kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking in the U.S. featured in Sunset, Outside, Backpacker, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times travel section as the “coolest small town” or the “fifth best ski-town in America”.

Hood River’s economy relies on agriculture, tourism, and sports recreation although the tech industry such as aerospace engineering with Google, Insitu and Hood Technologies being the largest employers in the region. In addition to cider and wine production, apple and pear orchards, the area is known for its cherries. The area is very popular for winery and cider tours, and the “Fruit Loop” because of the large Hood River based “The Fruit Company”. Hood River is known for its wineries and distilleries, especially Sail Brewing Company, one of Oregon’s most famous microbreweries. It is also home to Dakine the sports and clothing equipment manufacturer, Turtle Island Foods – the vegetarian food manufacturer who produces Tofurky. Hood River is also home to many arts and cultural gatherings. Each year in April, the Hood River Valley Blossom Festival is held and in October the Hood River Valley Harvest Festival. Each August, the annual Gorge Games takes place with competitions in 10 sports such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, outrigger canoeing, and rock climbing. Hood River is home to a protected harbor called “The Hook” where it is popular to teach windsurfing. There is also a Waterfront Park with public pool, Skate Park, biking trails, and ball fields. Numerous other smaller parks exist as well. There are also two 18-hole golf courses.

Hood River is also home to the Columbia Gorge Hotel (National Register place), History Museum of Hood River County, International Museum of Carousel Art, Western Antique Aero plane & Automobile Museum, and over 2 dozen other National Register of Historic Places.

Racially, Hood River is approximately 63% white, 24% Hispanic, 1.6% Asian/Pacific Islander, .5% African American, .6% Native American, 3% Mixed, and 7.4% from other races according to the 2010 census.

Hood River/Columbia River marina. Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River/Columbia River marina. Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.

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Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.

Hood River beach - Exploring Hood River - Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by   Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography.  Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.
Hood River beach – Exploring Hood River – Monday, 28 December 2015. Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. Hood River: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=23683. Columbia river; http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=1151.

    “Hood River {from Steamboats to Sailboards} Gale-Force winds bedeviled explorers and emigrants alike in the Columbia River Gorge. Journals from the 1800s depict travel as treacherous through the singular passage in the Cascade Range where 60 mile per hour gusts are common. By the 1880s, steamboats and a new railroad linked Hood River with communities to the east and west. Spectacular scenery and a dryer climate made this blustery place a popular escape from the dampness and drizzle of western Oregon. When the Historic Columbia River Highway reached Hood River in 1916, Portlanders flocked to this hamlet in their Model T’s. Today the same conditions that created dry, breezy appeal at the turn of the century offer perfect conditions for windsurfing. Many visitors now come to Hood River just to glimpse “board heads” engaged in this colorful sport – Mountaineering became popular in the West during the 1890s and Hood River allowed the best access to Mt. Hood. Cloud Cap Inn, Oregon’s oldest mountain resort was constructed at the 6000 foot level of the mountain’s North Slope in 1889. The Inn was a favorite summer destination for hikers, and mountain climbers. Today it is a base for mountain rescue operations. Excursions “round the mountain” from Hood River were a must when the Mt. Hood Loop Road opened in 1925. Lumber baron Simon Benson built the Columbia Gorge Hotel right) on a cliff overlooking the river in 1921 for $500,000. The hotel catered to upscale clientele serving dainty lunches and salmon dinners. In the center of town, the Hood River Hotel provided accommodations for commercial travelers. Windsurfing once an obscure avocation for the brave or foolhardy, is today a multi-million-dollar industry in the Columbia River Gorge. ” ~ information sign, Hood River beach by the bridge, Hood River, Oregon.

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