Recreating the historic columbia river highway

Vista House from the site of Johnson's CafeCrown Point State Scenic Corridor. Historic Columbia River Highway. Oregon. January 3, 2014.

2020 Fundraiser: Rebuilding the Columbia River Highway Website

With new construction of the State Trail on the horizon, and the new research coming in from Kirk Poole's awesome Past and Present Views Along the Columbia River Highway Facebook Group, it is time to return this much appreciated resource to a usable state.

Originally, I built this site while I was a stay-at-home father and had a lot of time to work on it, but now it is a very part time job and, at the current rate, documenting new research and repairing the old pages, it will take about two years to complete this work.

Because of this, I've decided to try a bit of crowdfunding to speed the job up. My day job work is very slow right now, and this would be an ideal time for me to work full time on the website for several weeks.

So, my fundraiser is going to be for covering time and expenses for full time work on the website, and to help fund some new research. How much I can get done and how quickly will depend on the response to the campaign.

If fully funded, I plan on getting the site fully restored by the end of March. However, any contributions will help.

Overall, this project has been a seven-year labor of love and I have resisted seeking donations in the past, but as circumstances change, I am realizing that I need some help to get this work done.

Once the site is rebuilt, I will also be able to focus more on research and video production, on new content instead of just repairing old content. While I am not sure if a feature length documentary and book are still in the works, time will tell, I do want to resume producing video shorts and fleshing out the history of the highway in more detail on the website.

If you have appreciated the content on the website, the associated Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/RecreatingTheHCRH), and the YouTube Channel in the past, I'd ask you to consider contributing to this fundraiser. Any amount will help, and I thank you for taking the time to consider helping with this cause.

One way or the other, work will continue on the site and I look forwards to continue sharing the history of the highway with everyone!

To help rebuild the website, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/recreatingthehcrh

January 5, 2020:

There were some devastating data losses a few years back that killed off most of the photo links on the website. I am slowly in the process of rebuilding, but this is a very part time project at the moment and may take quite awhile. If there are sections of the website that you would like me to focus on first, please let me know!

Video

CLICK HERE to watch more short films on the Columbia River Highway.

Fallen Barn Near Bear CreekColumbia River Highway. Oregon. March 15, 2014

1. Lower Columbia River Highway

CLICK HERE for pages exploring this section of the Columbia River Highway.

Falls and BridgeShepperd's Dell State Natural AreaHistoric Columbia River Highway. Oregon. April 18, 2014

2. Historic Columbia River Highway

CLICK HERE for pages exploring this section of the Columbia River Highway.

US 30 Descends Into the River Marina Park. Boardman, Oregon. March 28, 2014

3. Upper Columbia River Highway

CLICK HERE for pages exploring this section of the Columbia River Highway.

4. History

CLICK HERE for more information

5. Early Routes

CLICK HERE for more information

6. Later Routes

CLICK HERE for more information

7. Mt. Hood Loop

CLICK HERE for more information

8. Old Oregon Trail Highway

CLICK HERE for more information

Contact

A. F. Litt is best reached by email at aflittcreative@gmail.com

Feel free to contact me with any questions about this project or, even better, any tips or leads about the history of the old highway.

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