A Road Suited To The Times

A glass lantern slide show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the building of the Columbia River Highway. 

Modeled after the great scenic highways in Europe, the Highway was officially dedicated in 1916. Using original hand-colored lantern slides from the John Yeon Slide Collection at the Oregon Historical Society – projected using a 1940 Bausch & Lomb projector – OHS Archivist Matthew Cowan and narrator Doug Kenck-Crispin will take a closer look at one of the greatest roadway projects of modern times. Glass lantern slides – a descendant of the proto-cinematic magic lanterns of the 19th century - were a common audio visual element up through the 1930s until being displaced, in part, by 16mm motion picture film.