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The Historic Columbia River Highway (Historic Route 30) turns 100-years old in 2016. The Centennial Celebration invites visitors from around the world to honor one of the most significant, scenic and historic roads ever built in the United States.

Throughout 2016, you will have the opportunity to become reacquainted with America’s First Scenic Highway and the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail. We invite you to drive, hike and bike the Highway and State Trail, view magnificent waterfalls and vistas, visit communities along the way, and participate in local events that will be included in the Centennial Celebration.

Particip​ate in the Centennial Season of Celebration

The Centennial year will feature events up and down the Gorge. 

Throughout 2016​ ​ ​

All year​ King of Roads exhibit at the Troutdale Historic Society. This exhibit features restored photographs and stories of the people who made the building of the highway possible. Grand opening was July 18, 2015 and the exhibit will be open throughout 2016. 
February - December A Poem in Stone - Celebrating the Historic Columbia River Highway. Oregon State Library collections tell the story of transportation through the Columbia River Gorge, focusing on the construction, early history and restoration of the Columbia River Highway. Includes books and reports on the Highway, early travel brochures, photographs, postcards and maps. Oregon State Library, Second Floor (250 Winter Street NE, Salem, OR). Learn more​ about this exhibit. 
March 15 - November 15 ​​Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway at Maryhill Museum of Art. In celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Columbia River Highway, the Sam Hill Room will host a temporary exhibition of black and white prints showing both construction photos of the highway and early scenic views of the Columbia River GorgeLearn more​ about this exhibit.  
     
​​April 2016 ​ ​
​Friday, 4/8 ​​A Road Suited for the Times: The Columbia River Highway at 100​. ​Using original hand colored lantern slides from the John Yeon Slide collection at the Oregon Historical Society – projected using a 1940 Bausch & Lomb projector – we take a closer look at one of the greatest roadway projects of modern times. This program – including original narration – was produced in partnership with Doug Kenck-Crispin (Kick Ass Oregon History). Learn more​ about this event. 
Friday, 4/22 to Sunday, 4/24 37th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival. Celebrate the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and the deep agricultural ties in The Dalles​ during this three day festival, which will have a special focus on the 100-year anniversary of the Historic Highway. ​The fun includes a parade, race, local music and cherry sampling. Learn more about this family-friendly event. 
  
​​May 2016 ​ ​
Saturday, 5/7 Poetry Workshop: Inspired by Roads. Participants will create poems based on this majestic byway using historic photographs as inspiration and hosted by poet Tim Barnes. Learn more about this family-friendly event. ​

​​June 2016 ​ ​
Tuesday, 6/7​ Rededication ceremony at Multnomah Falls.
Tuesday, 6/7​ ​Pictorial Postmarks. The Bridal Veil Post Office will establish a temporary philatelic station and offer two Pictorial Postmarks commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway at Multnomah Falls and the Vista House.  Mail-in request for postmarking will be offered by the Bridal Veil, OR Post Office (Postmaster/ 1W Mill Road/ Bridal Veil, OR 97010-9998) until August 12.
Tuesday, 6/7​ ​An Unveiling of Visionaries. To recognize and honor a pair of visionary men, Samuel Lancaster and Sam Hill, join the unveiling of a new bronze monument created by renowned artist Rip Caswell, with actors impersonating Hill and Lancaster bringing the bronze to life at Visionary Park, Troutdale (US 30 and Jackson Park Rd.).
​Tuesday, 6/7 ​Springdale Children's Garden Stand. The Children’s garden (32405 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy) is a school garden program run by the Springdale School Community Association (SSCA). Stop by to see displays of the school and other area sites at the time of the highway creation; farm produce will also be available for donation.  
​Tuesday, 6/7 ​​Crown Point Country Historical Society.  Come and see a recreation of an early 1900s Auto Camp and view the future home of the Crown Point Country museum (36901 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy).  Refreshments and information on the museum will be provided.  Antique cars especially welcome! 
​Saturday, 6/11 Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade​. Learn more about this historic parade, which started a few years before the Historic Highway's dedication. 
​​Saturday, 6/11 Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) Action Day. The Centennial Celebration will be the theme for the "action day" at WAAAM on Saturday, June 11 as they fly and drive antiques. learn more about WAAAM and their collection. ​
​Thursday, 6/16 ​Film Screening: Reconnecting the Historic Columbia River Highway. The Hood River Chamber will host a screening of this 15 minute film, followed by an opportunity to speak with the Oregon Transportation Commission, project staff and Historic Highway Advisory Committee members.
​Saturday, 6/18 10th Annual Gorge Ride. The route will extend from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead and return. Learn more about the ride and how to register.
​Saturday, 6/18 Columbia River Highway Lecture. Author Peg Willis has had a life-long love affair with the Columbia River Highway and years of research culminated in her book, Building the Columbia River highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done. Learn more about this event. 

​​July  2016 ​ ​
​Monday, 7/4 Celebration and Concert in the Park. Celebrate in Washougal with music, food, and fireworks at Marina Park. Learn more​ about this event.
​Monday, 7/4 ​Corbett 4th of July Fun Festival. A full day of activities and fun with a pancake breakfast, old fashioned parade from Springdale to Corbett, a full line up of music, a generational queens court and other hometown entertainment for everyone plus the only fireworks show in East county. Learn more​ about this event. 
​Friday, 7/15 100 year anniversary of the Eagle Creek Recreation Area. The Eagle Creek Recreation Area boasts the oldest campground within the U.S. Forest Service in the country. Celebrate the history of the site and involved groups as well as recreation in the Gorge over the past 100 years (through oral history and recorded stories). Learn more about this Scenic Area​!
​Saturday, 7/23 ​​Troutdale SummerFest. This family-friendly event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast, before a parade at 11 a.m. and wind down at 5 p.m. with Family Fun in Glenn Otto Park, with other events and activities throughout the day. SummerFest​ 2016 will be focused on the 100 year celebration of the Historic Highway. 
Saturday, 7/23 Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway Antique Car Tour. A parade of antique cars will travel from Troutdale to the Gorge Discovery Center, stopping in towns along the way. Learn more about this event.
​Saturday, 7/23 Mosier Parade. This community-focused event, celebrating the Historic Highway’s role in Mosier’s Past, Present, and Future will include the antique car tour, parade and after party picnic.

August 2016 ​ ​
​Saturday, 8/6 2016 Soulful Giving Blanket Concert: East County's Ultimate Food, Wine & Music Event. Spread your blankets and sand chairs under shady fir trees and enjoy a fun-filled day along the scenic Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon. All proceeds from this "21 and over" exciting concert benefits Randall Children's Hospital and Providence Cancer Research Center.​ 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; tickets required. Learn more about this event. 
​Sunday, 8/7 ​Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K. The Half Marathon and 10K will take runners across the exciting and scenic Bridge of the Gods before connecting with the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Learn more about this event. 
​Saturday, 8/20  ​​​In a Landscape - Vista House. This multi-media piano project brings classical music to the Vista House at 7 p.m. Hunter Noack will perform piano music interspersed with text written and catalogued by Roosevelt's Federal Writers Project. "In a Landscape" uses the latest wireless headphone technology to offer personal surround sound in acoustically challenged spaces. Learn more about this free event. 
Wednesday, 8/24​
In a Landscape - Oneonta Tunnel. This multi-media piano project brings classical music to the Oneonta Tunnel on the Historic Highway starting at 1 p.m. Hunter Noack will perform piano music interspersed with text written and catalogued by Roosevelt's Federal Writers Project. "In a Landscape" uses the latest wireless headphone technology to offer personal surround sound in acoustically challenged spaces. ​Learn more​ about this free event. ​​
Saturday, 8/27
Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint Celebration. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with fiddle music by Peg Willis at noon. Learn more​ about the free, family-friendly event. Learn more about the Portland Women's Forum. ​​​
  
​​September 2016 ​ ​
​Friday, 9/9 Dinner and Lecture Series at the Discovery Center. Bob Hadlow (ODOT), will speak about the History of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Dinner at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.; fee and registration is required. Learn more about this lecture series.  
​Saturday, 9/10 Tour of the Columbia River Highway. Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway and Architectural Heritage Center will host a speaker’s series tour through the Gorge. Learn more about this event, including registration and fees. 
​Saturday, 9/17 Washougal Heritage Day. Take a step back in time and visit demonstration booths of local historic interest and tour the Two Rivers Heritage Museum for free. Learn more about this family friendly event.  
​Sunday, 9/18 A Road Suited to the Times: The Columbia River Highway at 100 (Lantern Slide Show). Using vintage projectors, more than 100 hand colored glass slides from the collection of the Oregon Historical Society will be shown at the Maryhill Museum of Art at 3 p.m. Learn more about this event. 
Sunday, 9/18 Gorgeous Relay. This Community Event is including the Centennial Celebration into their existing event, where participants run 60 miles from Cascade Locks to the heart of Portland. Experience the Historic Columbia River Highway as it winds past waterfalls, creeks and forests. With views of the Columbia Gorge, the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and Historic Vista House at Crown Point. It's the most​ gorgeous relay you've ever run! 
​Friday, 9/23 ​Dinner and Lecture Series at the Discovery Center. Dr. Tim Davis, will speak about National Park Roads and the Historic Columbia River Highway. Dinner at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.; fee and registration is required. Learn more about this lecture series.
Saturday, 9/24 Historic Highway State Trail Dedication at Starvation Creek. This new segment of the Historic Highway State Trail system is located between Lindsey Creek and Starvation Creek near Hood River and will only be accessible to cyclists and walkers. Elected officials, community leaders, Gorge residents and outdoor enthusiasts will celebrate the opening.

The celebration will start at Viento State Park (from I-84 take exit 56) at 10 a.m. (please arrive early to allow time for parking). After a short welcome and dedication ceremony, attendees will be able to walk or bike the trail (it's also "bike your park" day), following a self-guided tour and getting a "passport" stamped along the way.

A shuttle will be operating between Viento and Starvation Creek Trailheads until 12:30 p.m. The trail will be accessible for people in mobility devices and OPRD rangers will also provide a lift in small vehicles along the trail for those requiring assistance. 

Learn more about the efforts to reconnect abandoned sections of the Historic Highway.
​Saturday, 9/24 to Monday, 10/31 Gorge Bingo Challenge. Friends of the Gorge will host a prize-filled and nature inspired bingo challenge to get you and your friends to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Gorge. Learn more about this Bingo Challenge and register today. 
​Monday, 9/26 ​National Parks Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape. Join Tim Davis a National Park Service Historian at the Kennedy School starting at 6 p.m. for a free, all ages look at the Historic Highway and other National Park Service roads. 
​Friday, 9/30 and Saturday, 10/1 Oktoberfest in Washougal. Join the fun, grab your commemorative beer stein and enjoy German food, local brews and music at the Oktoberfest at Washougal Reflection Plaza. Learn more about this event.​
​Friday, 9/30 to Sunday, 10/2 ​2nd Annual Fall Festival for the Arts. The West Columbia Gorge community event, brings together artists, civic leaders and business owners, studios and workshops, and, of course, locals plus visitors to our region, in a weekend that celebrates the thriving Arts scene in our beautiful Gateway To The Gorge. Learn more​ about this event. 

​​October 2016 ​ ​
​Friday, 9/30 and Saturday, 10/1 Oktoberfest in Washougal. Join the fun, grab your commemorative beer stein and enjoy German food, local brews and music at the Oktoberfest at Washougal Reflection Plaza. Learn more about this event.
Saturday, 9/24 to Monday, 10/31 Gorge Bingo Challenge. Friends of the Gorge will host a prize-filled and nature inspired bingo challenge to get you and your friends to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Gorge. Learn more​ about this Bingo Challenge and register today.
Saturday, 10/1 to Tuesday, 11/15 The Historic Columbia River Highway through the Eyes of Young Artists at Maryhill Museum of Art. This event has been canceled. 
Saturday, 10/1 and Sunday, 10/2 Car is King and Maryhill Arts Festival. Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads, the automobile and the arts during this two-day festival devoted to creativity in all its forms. Including the ability to drive the Maryhill Loops Road (only allowed twice per year) and a car show open to all makes; featuring autos 1945 and older in celebration of the Highway’s centennial. Learn more about this festival. 
​Sunday, 10/9 On the Road in Washington; Historic Roads and Sam Hill. Explore the remarkable role Sam Hill played in the development of roads in the Northwest including the Historic Highway. From 1-4 p.m. at Maryhill Museum of Art. Learn more about this event. 
​Friday, 10/21 ​Dinner and Lecture Series at the Discovery Center. Tom Garnier will discuss the Mayerdale Mansion on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Dinner at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.; fee and registration is required. Learn more about this lecture series.
​Sunday, 10/23 Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon. Run along the Historic Columbia River Highway with colorful fall foliage, waterfalls and amazing vistas. Pass through Mosier and the Rowena Viewpoint. Learn more about this event.  

November 2016 ​ ​
Saturday, 11/5 Family Fun and the Columbia River Highway. Celebrate the historic dedication of Maryhill Museum of Art 90 years ago and the centennial of the opening of the Historic Columbia River Highway from 1-4 p.m.; free admission all day for youth 18 and under. Learn more about this family-friendly event.

Further your involvement

Make 2016 a Gorge-wide celebration a reality by getting your community event involved in the Centennial Celebration, sponsoring or supporting the event, and/or spreading the word about the festivities: 
  • View the Community Press Kit for more information about the Centennial Celebration or co-branding your community event.
  • We encourage you to “follow” the Historic Highway on Twitter and Instagram, and “like” the Historic Highway on Facebook​. Share your stories or photos with hashtag #Route30 #ReconnectTheGorge #HistoricColumbiaRiverHighway
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