Historic Hood River
“At Shell Mountain”
This B.C. Markham real photo postcard shows one of the most difficult portions of the Columbia River Highway, where it crosses the scree slope at Shellrock Mountain. This constantly moving flow of rocks was a persistent obstacle to the 1870s wagon road, the 1880s railroad, the 1910’s Columbia River Highway, and the modern I-84. During construction of a segment of the Columbia River Highway State Trail at this spot the Eagle Creek fire sent burning logs careening down the hillside and opened up another rock chute. Rather than clear the rock the trail was just raised a bit to pass over it.
We have some other great images of this spot. Here it was on the first day of construction of the Columbia River Highway segment in Hood River County, and here is was, covered by an avalanche, a couple of years later.