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Historic Columbia River Highway
Young Creek (Shepperd's Dell) Bridge
Young Creek (Shepperd's Dell) Bridge
The Historic Columbia River Highway is America's premiere Historic and Scenic Highway. Built between 1913 and 1922, along the steep cliffs of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, this narrow, curving roadway was a technological tour-de-force when it was constructed. When the Interstate Highway system was being constructed in the 1950s, many portions of the old highway were demolished, abandoned, or bypassed.
Additional information about the Historic Columbia River Highway can be found on the new Region 1 website and can be accessed here.
Today, ODOT is working to restore many of the bypassed segments for use as bikepaths and pedestrian hiking trails. Further information can be obtained by contacting James B. Norman, Cultural Resources Unit Manager at (503) 986-3514, or Kristen Stallman, Historic Columbia River Highway Coordinator at (503) 731-4957, or Dr. Robert W. Hadlow, Cultural Resources Specialist at (503) 731-8239.