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Year in Review: 2015 marks a century of Highway 30

Year in Review The year 2015 marked the 100-year anniversary for numerous fixtures in and across Columbia County.

Perhaps foremost was the opening of Columbia River Highway, also identified by its federal designation of Highway 30, on Aug. 12, 1915. That same summer, the Columbia County Fair opened, and the county seat of St. Helens opened its first library.

The year 2015 was also the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Beaver Homes Grange in Goble.

Six years after Highway 30 opened for traffic, the city of Scappoose was incorporated, in 1921.

President Woodrow Wilson participated in the June 8, 1916, dedication of Highway 30 from the White House by pressing a button

that electronically unfurled a flag at Crown Point.

A 100-year celebration of Highway 30 is planned for 2016, with the focus being on the section that passes through Columbia River Gorge.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - A car drives along the Columbia River Highway between Goble and Rainier in a 1920 photograph. The highway opened in 1915, but much of it went unpaved until after World War I.