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900.001 Washington Highway 8 / 14

Castle Rock
Lipschuetz and Katz. Oregon's Famous Columbia River Highway. Portland: Lipschuetz and Katz. 1920. University of California Libraries
(https://archive.org/details/oregonsfamouscol00lips)

State Route 14 (SR 14) is a 180.66-mile-long (290.74 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Washington. The highway travels east-west on the north side of the Columbia River, opposite Interstate 84 (I-84) to the south in Oregon. SR 14 forms a section of the Lewis and Clark Trail Scenic Byway...

SR 14 was established in 1968 as the successor to US 830, created in 1926 with the original United States Numbered Highways, and Primary State Highway 8 (PSH 8). PSH 8 was added to the state highway system in 1905 as a short road along the Columbia River between Washougal and Lyle and was extended westwards to Vancouver and eastwards to Maryhill by 1913. PSH 8, designated as the Evergreen Highway, was extended east to the Tri-Cities in 1949 and this section was retained during the 1964 state highway renumbering and the decommissioning of US 830.

Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_Route_14
 
State Road 8
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The first highway that traveled through the Columbia River Gorge was surveyed in 1905 at a cost of $15,000 (equivalent to $393,722 in 2015[28]) by the state of Washington as a wagon road connecting Washougal in Clark County to Lyle in Klickitat County that was designated as secondary State Road 8.[29] State Road 8 was extended east from Lyle to Maryhill and northeast to the county seat of Goldendale in 1907.[30][31] The secondary highway, named the North Bank Highway, was re-aligned in 1913 to follow closer to the Columbia River and was extended west to Vancouver and east to Mabton via Satus Pass.[32][33][34] State Road 8 was co-signed withUS 830 after the United States Numbered Highways were approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on November 11, 1926,[35][36] also creating a short concurrency with US 97.[37][38]
 
The North Bank Highway was constructed with macadam pavement and was dedicated from Lyle to Dallesport in 1934,[39]
 
 
Stone House

"Stone House" is the local's apt nickname for this mossy relic deteriorating just steps off WA Hwy 14 in Skamania. Its history has yet to come to light. (Cook, Gorge 237)

Beacon Rock Campground Mystery Chimney

Adjacent to site 17 sits the Chimney Facing Nowhere. Rangers haven't been able to supply a definite history. (Cook, Gorge 237)

Mystery Staircase, MP 59.2

A mystery staircase if there ever was one!  Who's got a photo to let me know what was once there!  (Cook, Gorge 235)

State Road 8: Syncline Fragment

Syncline Trailhead - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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Poison Oak - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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Coal Train - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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Syncline Trail - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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Slide on Old Highway 8 - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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Rock Fall on Old Highway 8 - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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Lava Cast Tree Mold - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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State Road 8: Lyle White Salmon Road Fragment
 
...known by a handful of various names it seems. My Gazetteer called it “Old Highway 8”. GoogleMaps calls it “Lyle White Salmon Road” and “Old Highway” and switching to “Canyon Road” on the eastern end.
  
A lot of names for such a small road. The views from up top are anything but small though, and the corners are tricky and banked. Highway engineers don’t really seem to like banked curves that much anymore, but this old road still has them where it threads in between a stone formation and a bounder perched atop the edge of the ridge. 

"Old Highway 8 (off Washington State Route 14)" Motorcycle Roads NorthWest. http://roadsnw.com/rnw/573

Rowland Lake

Rowland "Lake" is one of the Gorge's railroad ponds that were created when the RR cut off a cove with a bridge of rocks for the rail bed.  This cove, before Hwy 14 cut it in half again (1962) was a popular water-skiing and recreation lake.  A boat-ramp "resort" entertained the masses and, apparently, had a stairway down to the lake...  (Cook, Gorge 235) 

PSH 8 / Evergreen Highway

...State Road 8 was re-designated as PSH 8 and the Evergreen Highway in 1937,[40]traveling east from Vancouver to Mayhill and north to Yakima.[41] SSH 8E, a branch of PSH 8, was also established in 1937 and ran east from PSH 8 in Maryhill to Paterson and north to PSH 3 in Prosser.[41][42] SSH 8E was replaced by the Maryhill–Kennewick branch of PSH 8 in 1943,[43] amidst proposals to extend the Evergreen Highway to the Tri-Cities in 1949.[44] US 197, a spur of US 97, was created in 1952 and became concurrent with US 830 and PSH 8 from the Dallesport area to a junction with its parent route in Maryhill.[45] 

US 830 / SR 14

PSH 8 was replaced fully by US 830 during the 1964 state highway renumbering,[46] but US 830 was decommissioned in 1968 before the new state routes were codified.[47][48] SR 14, previously on the route of US 12,[49] was established in 1968 and remains the designation for the Evergreen Highway.[1]

 
... begins at an interchange with I-5 in Vancouver. The highway travels east as a four lane freeway through Camas and Washougal and intersects I-205. SR 14 continues east as a two-lane highway through ClarkSkamaniaKlickitat, and Benton counties before it ends at an interchange with I-82 and U.S. Route 395 (US 395) near Plymouth.

McNary Rockland Rock House - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
April 27, 2014. Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
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This rock-walled one-room "cabin" is situated on private property belonging to Native Americans. You can park and view it from Hwy 14, but going up to it is trespassing.


Rockland Inscription - "Rockland" rock, with rock house behind: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/74333901

The large erratic below is located between the mansion and the loops road / Stonehenge on Highway 14.

Maryhill Erratic
2014 Friends of the Columbia River Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour Packet assembled by Scott Cook.
 
 
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