Oregon's Natural Beauty: Expanding Access

Columbia River Highway

Many of the Hutchinson and Spooner drawings depict a futuristic highway system such as this proposed new Columbia River Highway. The vision was in stark contrast to the narrow dirt, gravel, and macadam roads that were so common.

The new highways created much easier access to Oregon's recreational destinations, which were highlighted by the ever-expanding state parks system. Silver Creek Falls State Park was seen by many to be the crown jewel of the system. It featured a variety of attractions including the increasingly popular trailer camping.

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Drawing of road cutting through large rock formation along a waterwayTunnel Point Cut: Highway Division Records, Hutchinson and Spooner Drawings, #103.
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Drawing of camper and car parked in picnic spot off side of road in forested area.Silver Creek Falls: Highway Division Records, Hutchinson and Spooner Drawings, #81.