August 7th at 7:00pm Peg Willis will discuss her new book Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said it Couldn’t be Done.
An artist’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare….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. Ride along with Peg Willis as she explores the beginnings of this miracle highway and the men who created it.
It’s Walking Tour Season! Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour Friday’s noon-1pm and Saturday’s 9-10am starting May 30th running through August 29th. Call 360.993.5679 to reserve a spot. Cost is $7 ($5 member),13-Tour Pass $80 ($53 members),6-Tour Pass $40 ($27 member). Click here for a walking tour schedule.
Frugal Family Fun Awaits! Come to the museum to pick up your copy of Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour of Washington and Oregon. The passport is your guide to an automobile adventure celebrating Carnegie libraries. Visit three locations and be entered to win a prize! Fill out your Carnegie library scavenger hunt and learn more about these wonderful buildings!
This passport was developed by the Carnegie Library Consortium of Washington (CLCW), a special initiative of the Clark County Historical Museum. The CLCW wishes to promote awarness and preservation of Carnegie library buildings by sharing their history and heritage, and by promoting related tourism and commerce.
Click here to learn more about Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour.