You will need to conduct detailed research on both the specific history and/or archeology of your property and the broad national story associated with your property.
When Researching a Site your property and its history, use both primary sources and secondary sources .
Finding Your Sources:
You will need access to a good research library. Speak to the archivist at your local historical society or the librarian at the closest university to see if they can assist you.
Use the most recent historical and/or archeological scholarship available.
If you will be using internet sources, click here to learn how to evaluate websites for accuracy and objectivity.
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Columbia River Highway, OR:
Constructed between 1913 and 1922, the Columbia River Highway was created to take visitors to the Columbia River Gorge's most breath-taking and beautiful natural wonders and scenic vistas. The highway is an outstanding example of modern highway development for its pioneering advances in road design, and is the single most important contribution to the fields of civic engineering and landscape architecture by Samuel C. Lancaster. The first scenic highway in the United States, the Columbia River Highway's aesthetic and engineering achievements greatly influenced the design and construction of other scenic highways, including National Park roads in the 1920s and 1930s.