010 Troutdale to Stark Street Bridge

Falls Across From Tippy Canoe (2015)
Historic Columbia River Highway. Oregon. January 2, 2015.

While this segment is the current, official route of the Historic Columbia River Highway, for the first decade or so, until the designation of the highway as U.S. 30 and the shift in the primary route from Baseline / Stark to Sandy Road, this segment was actually a secondary feeder of the CRH.

Until this, the primary feeder was considered to be Baseline Road, and the highway itself was considered to begin after crossing the Stark Street Bridge. 

...in 1926, the Columbia River Highway became U.S. 30. ... A change in the original route occurred at the intersection of Burnside and N.E. Sandy Boulevard. The highway followed Sandy Boulevard northeastward to what is now Parkrose, then continued east on Sandy Road to reach Troutdale. From Troutdale, the highway followed the east bank of the Sandy River to reach the Stark Street Bridge (the original start of the Columbia River Highway.)

Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. (51 - 52)


In January 1914, county commissioners decided to make improvements to both Baseline Road (Stark) and the road from Troutdale to the Nielson Bridge [Stark Street Bridge] in order to connect the Sandy Road to the CRH. ... By October 1914, construction of the segment between the bridges was underway. In November, commissioners proposed a bond issue to pave the Sandy River section (8.6 miles) from the Troutdale Bridge to the highway and to pave the Columbia River Highway to the county line (20.5 miles).

Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. (63)

The roadway between the Sandy River Bridge at Troutdale and the Sandy River (Stark Street) Bridge was added as a
second access route to the CRH, a few years after work originally began on the highway. (Hadlow, Landmark Nomination, 5)

The portion of the CRH from the Sandy River to its junction with Larch Mountain Road (HMP
23), retains its original character as a country road. All of this section, except for 1.5 miles of the
2.5 miles between the Sandy River (Troutdale) Bridge and the Sandy River (Stark St.) Bridge,
predates the highway. It was part of an extensive farm-to-market road system in eastern
Multnomah County that radiated from Portland to its hinterland. The 1.5 miles of improvements,
which is immediately north and west of the Sandy River (Stark Street) Bridge, is a water-level
alignment created through substantial cliff side cuts along the Sandy River. It was built in 1916
as part of the CRH’s original construction and bypassed a county road connecting with the Sandy
River Bridge at Troutdale that had 20 percent grades.  (Hadlow, Landmark Nomination, 5)

Sandy River near Troutdale
September 4, 2011.

1924 Mileposts:

Sandy River Bridge (Built 1912) -

Stark Street Bridge (Built 1914) - 16.7

1889 Map - Portions of the Wire Trail, Rooster Rock Road, and Latourell Road
Multnomah County 1889
Atlas: Multnomah County 1889
State: Oregon
Habersham, Robert A 1889
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1638453/Multnomah+County+1889/Multnomah+County+1889/Oregon/
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1916 - Troutdale - Detail - HCRH Troutdale to Chanticleer
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/oregon/txu-pclmaps-topo-or-troutdale-1916.jpg
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Multnomah County Crusher, Columbia River Highway Project
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 72

Grading the New Columbia River Highway
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 74

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