Historic Hood River
This blueline dated 1918 shows alternate routes considered for the Columbia River Highway between Hood River and Mosier. We all know the beautiful route the road followed when completed in 1922, but this drawing shows several alternates were considered. It shows:
- the 5.8 mile “River Route” with a summit of 160 feet
- the 6.3 mile “Middle Route” with a summit of 492 feet
- the 10.7 mile “Elliott’s Route” (presumably after highway engineer John Elliott) with an 1107 foot summit
- the 11.7 mile “Reconnaissance Route” with a 1573 foot summit
The “Middle Route” looks most similar to today’s route, though I can’t tell if it included the twin tunnels.