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Historic Columbia River Highway turns 100

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Vista House at Crown Point (Courtesy: Mike Heinrich, KPTV) Vista House at Crown Point (Courtesy: Mike Heinrich, KPTV)
A commemorative postage mark offered at the Bridal Veil post office (Photo: USPS) A commemorative postage mark offered at the Bridal Veil post office (Photo: USPS)
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR (KPTV) -

Elected officials, musicians and other Oregonians will gather at various points along the Columbia River Gorge to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Private rededication ceremonies will be held Tuesday morning at the Vista House and Multnomah Falls.

Celebrations will feature former governors and area dignitaries, an antique car procession, a biplane flyover, live music and much more.

The Vista House ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the Multnomah Falls ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m.

The Bridal Veil Postmaster has also created two collectible postmarks commemorating the 100th anniversary of the highway.

Officials will be handing out the postmarks at the Multnomah Falls Gift Shop on Tuesday.

The postmarks will also be available for 60 days after the event at the Bridal Veil Post Office. 

Considered American’s first scenic highway, the Historic Columbia River Highway opened on June 7, 1916 and was built between 1913 and 1922.

According to historians, travelers flocked to the highway to take advantage of its tremendous views of the Columbia River Gorge.

Officials said in the 1950s, construction of faster, straighter and more level Interstate 84 destroyed several sections of the scenic road.

In 1986, The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act was passed through Oregon legislation. This directed the state of Oregon to connect the abandoned sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway as a bike and pedestrian trail.

Construction of the trail, now called the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail, is currently underway.

The newest section of the bike and pedestrian trail, running from Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek near Hood River, is set to open Sept. 24. 

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