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Road of Difficulties: Building the Lower Columbia River Highway


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ISBN13: 9781930111707
ISBN10: 1930111703
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From Portland to the Pacific once ran a road that climbed mountains and crossed rivers, an engineering marvel and a scenic wonder that carried travelers across some of the most rugged land in the Northwest. But as the age of the Model T slipped away, so did the highway, until it was erased from the landscape and soon forgotten — until now. In spite of its short life, the story of the Lower Columbia River Highway — the twin of the famous upper route that winds through the Columbia Gorge — is one of determination and conflict, of technological genius and artistic vision that came together to create a seemingly impossible road to the sea.

About the Author

Oregon native Michael Taylor has been a Portland resident for about eight years longer than "Packy," the Oregon Zoo's most famous elephant. Fortunately for friends and family, he is smaller, more peaceful, and eats less. He has walked, hiked, backpacked, cross-country skied, rock-climbed, caved, and bicycled in all parts of the state and throughout the Northwest. His interest in Portland and Northwest history is long-standing, and his library has now reached such mythic proportions that family members refuse to deal with transporting any books or paper ephemera during a move to new quarters.

He graduated from Marylhurst University with a BA in Communications and has published articles and contributed towards cultural research projects on the Northwest and on purebred dogs.

His interest in the Columbia River Highway intensified in the early 1980s when he began to research and retrace the path of the original road from Biggs Junction to Astoria. The lower half of the highway, long forgotten while the upper half received historic designation, was a particularly challenging project. Generous cooperation from the Oregon Department of Transportation, various county historic societies and individuals resulted in the long-awaited documentation of a forgotten part of Oregon's transportation history.

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zachor, May 28, 2008 (view all comments by zachor)
"Fascinating but little-known history, terrific historic photos, a book that's great for armchair travelers and people wanting to explore a forgotten highway." -- Lee Juillerat, Herald & News Regional Editor, Klamath Falls Herald News (March 22, 2008)

"The road is mostly gone now, but, thanks to Taylor, it's not forgotten." -- Jim Witty, The Bend Bulletin (March 26, 2008)
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Building the Lower Columbia River Highway
Bear Creek Press
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