Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done by Peg Willis explores the beginnings of this miracle highway and the men who created it.
When nine-hundred-foot ice age floods carved the Columbia River Gorge through the Cascade Mountains to the sea, little space was left for man to form a highway of his own. It took an artist-poet-engineer extraordinaire to conquer this reluctant piece of real estate and produce the nation’s first scenic highway. Meet Sam Hill, the mover and shaker, and Samuel Lancaster, the polio survivor, who turned modern engineering on its ear to create a “poem in stone.” Today, Oregon’s historic Columbia River Highway is hidden among the trees, where it meanders past spectacular waterfalls and dramatic views.
MEET THE AUTHOR
BOOK LAUNCH - Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. @ Hood County River Museum, sponsored by Waucoma Books (300 E Port Marina Dr, Hood River, OR)
Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. @ Pendleton Public Library, sponsored by Armchair Books (502 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR)
Saturday, April 12 @ Friends of Vista House Annual Training (Corbett, OR)
Saturday, June 14 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ 8th Annual Gorge Ride, sponsored by Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway (The Dalles, OR)
Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. @ Powells - downtown (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR)
Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m. @ The Clark County Historical Museum (1511 Main St, Vancouver, WA)