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Columbia River Highway

Portland, Oregon
County of Multnomah.
Historic Columbia River Highway No. 100
National Register Number: 83004168
Resource type: District.
Property type: Transportation - road - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Highway; part included in state park..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 16, 2000):
Constructed between 1913 and 1922, the Columbia River Highway was created to take visitors to the Columbia River Gorge's most breath-taking and beautiful natural wonders and scenic vistas. The highway is an outstanding example of modern highway development for its pioneering advances in road design, and is the single most important contribution to the fields of civic engineering and landscape architecture by Samuel C. Lancaster. The first scenic highway in the United States, the Columbia River Highway's aesthetic and engineering achievements greatly influenced the design and construction of other scenic highways, including National Park roads in the 1920s and 1930s.

There are no threats to the landmark.

Oregon Department of Transportation received a National Scenic Byway grant to address sign deficiencies and inconsistencies along the Columbia River Highway.

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