Implementation & Management: The Historic Columbia River Gorge
Historic Overview
Existing Conditions
Assessment and Analysis
Preservation Philosophy
Implementation and Management
Outreach and Education
Outreach & Education

Interpretive sign recently installed at ruckel Creek on the Eagle Creek to Cascade Locks section of the HCRH State Trail. This is one of the 31 signs placed on the HCRH in 1998. (Photo courtesy Robert Hadlow, Ph.D.)

One of the added benefits of the 1994-95 HAER study of the Historic Columbia River Highway, was a traveling exhibit that opened in 1997. Framed full-size copies of the drawings, measuring 24 by 36 inches, a selection of black-and-white photographs from the project, and historic views obtained from local museums, were composed into a traveling exhibition. The exhibition was viewed throughout the Pacific Northwest, the overriding goal of which was to bring this historic Highway resource to the people. The exhibit has been a superb public education tool.

In 1998, the first phase of an interpretive signage project was completed. Thirty-one vandal-resistant enameled steel signs were placed along the highway. They tell the story of transportation in the Gorge, including the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Oregon Trail, and the HCRH.

One of the enameled steel signs placed along the highway.
They also address the Columbia Gorge's geology, flora and fauna, agriculture, and its native peoples. The signs were an educational opportunity addressed in the 1987 Oregon Department of Transportation's Study of the Historic Columbia River Highway and recommended in the 1996 Historic Columbia River Highway Master Plan. Additional signs are planned and funding availability will determine when they are constructed and placed along the Highway. A brochure, designed to accompany the signs, is also being developed.