For Immediate Release
June 12, 2017
Troutdale Historical Society
219 E Historic Columbia River Highway
Troutdale, Oregon 97060
VISIONARY PARK DEDICATION
JUNE 21, 2017 @ 6:30PM
Corner of the Historic Columbia River Highway and Jackson Park Road, Troutdale, Oregon
Troutdale’s newest park, a tribute to the men who built the Historic Columbia River Highway, will be dedicated and celebrated at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21 at Visionary Park, on the corner of the Historic Columbia River Highway and Jackson Park Road. The park is a block west of Glenn Otto Community Park.
The Troutdale Historical Society is holding a party to dedicate sculptor Rip Caswell’s monument to highway builders Sam Hill and Sam Lancaster, two of the men with the foresight to build the nation’s first scenic highway 100 years ago. Caswell completed his work of Sam Lancaster and Sam Hill for last year’s centennial celebration of the highway, but permanent installation of the statue at the park had to wait for stonework and infrastructure.
Caswell created the monument to Hill and Lancaster, Devoted Passion, in tribute to their vision and passion in the building the highway up the Columbia River Gorge. The Multnomah County portion of Oregon’s first paved road opened June 7, 1916,
allowing auto drivers to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.
Ultimately the highway, now on the National Register of Historic Places, became
a 73-mile link between Troutdale and The Dalles. The road was designed so travelers could experience magnificent vistas, waterfalls and viewpoints. The highway gives access to abundant hiking and biking trails in the natural setting of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and inspired the first Forest Service Campground at Eagle Creek.
The newest winery in downtown Troutdale, Calcagno Cellars, will be selling wine by the glass - a Sparkling Riesling and Cabernet. A portion of the sales of their Historic Highway Salute Sparkling Riesling benefits the Troutdale Historical Society. Catering will be by family owned local Italian restaurant, Ristorante di Pompello. Guests should park at Glenn Otto Community Park.
Please RSVP to the Troutdale Historical Society #503-661-2164.
Keywords: Visionary, Samuel Hill, Samuel Lancaster, Troutdale, Historic Columbia River Highway
Posted: June 12, 2017
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