044 Sherman County

Spanish Hollow Bridge at Twilight (2014)
Spanish Hollow Bridge. Columbia River Highway (Biggs -Rufus Hwy). Biggs Junction, Oregon. January 20, 2014.

Sub-pages will be created later on as I post more of my material on this area...  12.27.14

Sherman County 1, Deschutes, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 003 - Townships 2,3,4 and 5 S. 1 and 2 N., Ranges 14, 15, and 16 E.
Atlas: Sherman County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1328753
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1328753/Page+003+++Townships+2+3+4+and+5+S++1+and+2+N+++Ranges+14++15++and+16+E/Sherman+County+1934/Oregon/

Sherman County 2, Biggs, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 011 - Townships 2 and 3 N., Range 16 E., Sherman, Grants, Thornberry
Atlas: Sherman County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1328761
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1328761/Page+011+++Townships+2+and+3+N+++Range+16+E+++Sherman++Grants++Thornberry/Sherman+County+1934/Oregon/

Sherman County 3, Rufus, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 018 - Township 2 N., Range 17 E., Sinks, Rufus, Scott Canyon
Atlas: Sherman County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1328768
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1328768/Page+018+++Township+2+N+++Range+17+E+++Sinks++Rufus++Scott+Canyon/Sherman+County+1934/Oregon/

Sherman County 4, John Day, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 019 - Townships 2 and 3 N., Ranges 17, 18 and 19 E., Rufus, Early
Atlas: Sherman County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1328769
Historical Map Works.

Most of the old highway through this area is actually the upgraded U. S. 30 route. Some of it follows the original Columbia River Highway route, much of it does not. 

Between the Deschutes River and Biggs, these are the only fragments of the original highway that I have located so far. (2014-03-28)

Fragments west of Biggs
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

MILLER, 84.4 m. [West of Hwy. 730 Junction] (168 alt., 11 pop.), is a grain shipping station. 


http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/exhibits/across/biggs.html

"Pioneer Girl"

It's a stain on the rock at about the height of a car's windshield. Just past mm 91 (I-84, out of The Dalles) on the south side of the road. It is yellowish and looks like a pioneer girl in a bonnet with her head slightly bowed as if she's reading. There's a little shelf there in the rock, and someone puts a bouquet of plastic flowers there every spring, and they last ... well until they die a sad and tragic death. Makes it look like the girl is holding the flowers and smelling them.

Peg Willis, March 17, 2014 

Pioneer Girl
Photo by Peg Willis

Old Biggs Motel
Biggs, Oregon. October 17, 2011.
Copyright © 2011 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved

Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

At BIGGS, 80.4 m. [West of Hwy. 730 Junction], is a junction (L) with US 97.



At 78.1 m. [West of Hwy. 730 Junction] is a junction with US 97.

Right on US 97 to the Maryhill ferry,
 0.4 m.(fare $1; service as needed). From the north bank ferry landing in Washington, US 97 continues to the junction with US 830, 1.2 m.; L. here 2.9 m. on US 830 to MARYHILL CASTLE, also built by Samuel Hill. It is a three story rectangular structure of concrete, set on a bluff 800 feet above the river. Though the building was dedicated by Queen Marie of Romania in 1926, it was not opened to visitors until 1937. Queen Marie gave to the museum a life size portrait of her daughter, a desk, chairs, and other pieces of furniture. Hill lavished a fortune on the estate but never made it his home. However, he left a bequest of $1,200,000 for completing and maintaining it as a museum. In a crypt repose the owner's ashes, commemorated by a tablet bearing the inscription: "Samuel Hill amid Nature's unrest, he sought rest."

Spanish Hollow Bridge - 2014 Curious Gorge Tour
Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Curious Gorge Histories and Mysteries Tour 2014. April 27, 2014
Copyright © 2014 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved

Spanish Hollow Bridge at Twilight (2014)
Spanish Hollow Bridge. Columbia River Highway (Biggs -Rufus Hwy). Biggs Junction, Oregon. January 20, 2014.
Copyright © 2014 A. F. Litt , All Rights Reserved

Columbia River Highway, Spanish Hollow Bridge (2014)
Spanish Hollow Bridge. Columbia River Highway (Biggs -Rufus Hwy). Biggs Junction, Oregon. January 20, 2014.
Copyright © 2014 A. F. Litt , All Rights Reserved

No. 154. Upper Columbia River Highway betwen The Dalles and Arlington Ore.
Photo by B. C. Markham

No. 174. Columbia River Highway between Arlington and The Dalles, Ore.
Photo by B. C. Markham

I found where the highway was hiding through here, under the relocated Union Pacific tracks. The embankment for the rail road covers about half of the old road, the rest of the pavement sticks out from underneath. West end approximate, for now. (2014-03-28)

Under the U.P.
Google Earth Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Rufus was one of several communities in this area relocated when Celilo Lake flooded the original river banks.

Sherman County 3, Rufus, 1934 - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Page 018 - Township 2 N., Range 17 E., Sinks, Rufus, Scott Canyon
Atlas: Sherman County 1934
State: Oregon
Metsker Maps 1934
Item # US1328768
Historic Map Works.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/1328768/Page+018+++Township+2+N+++Range+17+E+++Sinks++Rufus++Scott+Canyon/Sherman+County+1934/Oregon/

Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

Across the river from RUFUS, 75.5 m. [West of Hwy. 730 Junction] (180 alt., 70 pop.), stands the STONEHENGE MEMORIAL to the World War dead, a reproduction of the ruin in England. It was built by Samuel Hill.

http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/exhibits/across/umatilla.html



For the life of me, I cannot find the Watchman or the site of Fleck's Auto Camp. East of Rufus? Not much left of the CRH out that way and it could be underwater if it is past John Day Dam (or even if it isn't).

The Stone Watchman (Near Rufus)
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 227.

Fleck's Auto Camp
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 232.

The east end of the drivable section looks a bit like Mad Max out there, with some permanent campers. I don't know how friendly they are, so be warned! (Don't get me wrong, they may be very friendly, I just do not know.) (2014-03-28)

Rufus (East End)
Google Earth Imagery: July 9, 2013
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Old Retaining Wall East of Rufus
Photo by Peg Willis.

"...a retaining wall segment just east of Rufus. It's at about mile marker 111. This pic taken from the freeway. You can also walk out to it from Rufus." - Peg Willis

John Day Crossing
Google Earth. Imagery Date: July 9, 2013
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Turbines Near Sunset
La Page Park. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. March 17, 2013.

Oregon State Archives - A 1940 Journey Across Oregon:

The JOHN DAY RIVER, 70.5 m[West of Hwy. 730 Junction], called LePage's River by Lewis and Clark for a member of their party, honors a member of the Astorians. Washington Irving describes John Day as "a hunter from the backwoods of Virginia.... about forty years of age, six feet two inches high, straight as an Indian; with an elastic step as if he trod on springs, and a handsome, open, manly countenance. He was strong of hand, bold of heart, a prime woodsman, and an almost unerring shot." Day, with Crooks and several French Canadians, fell behind on the Snake River, while Hunt forged ahead with the main party in the winter of 1811-12. The following spring when, after many hardships, the two Americans reached the mouth of the John Day River "they met with some of the 'chivalry' of that noted pass, who received them in a friendly way, and set food before them; but, while they were satisfying their hunger, perfidiously seized their rifles. They then stripped them naked and drove them off, refusing the entreaties of Mr. Crooks for a flint and steel of which they had robbed him; and threatening his life if he did not instantly depart." In this forlorn plight they were found months later by a searching party and taken to Astoria. Day decided to return to the States with Robert Stuart's party, but before reaching the Willamette he became violently insane and was sent back to Astoria where he died within the year.

In the striated gorges carved by the swift waters of the John Day River are written the successive chapters of Oregon's geological evolution.

http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/exhibits/across/umatilla.html

"Twin Bridges," John Day River
Clarence E. Mershon. The Columbia River Highway: From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon. Portland: Guardian Peaks Enterprises. 2006. 1st Edition. 238.


Photo by R. W. Rynerson on 1967 Union Pacific RR excursion shows depth of John Day Dam pool, yet to be filled when photo was shot. Columbia River is at far left, old UPRR bridge at left, then old US30 highway bridge closest to rail line. Rail line was relocated to the elevation shown in order to remain above floodwater levels. I-80N highway bridge (today I-84) is to right of locomotive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Day_844.jpg

Photo by R. W. Rynerson on 1967 Union Pacific RR excursion shows depth of John Day Dam pool
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Day_844.jpg
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I-84. John Day Crossing
Google Street View. Imagery Date: July 2011

Eastbound:
CLICK HERE to continue exploring the highway

Westbound:
CLICK HERE to continue exploring the highway
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