TRAVEL THE WEST END of the Historic Highway - Includes
historic Troutdale, Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplings, the Sandy Gorge, Stark
Street Bridge, historic Springdale, Corbett, the
historic Edgefield Manor & more...
These days, 2 sections of the old highway remain,
connected by a short stretch of I84.
The 1st section can start in Troutdale instead of
Corbett, on request. Troutdale embraces the road like other towns embrace local celebrities.
stops in Troutdale include: (5-6 hour tour required otherwise it would just be a
drive along route 30)
Historic Edgefield Manor (Milepost 0 on the Old Highway. A destination
resort built in 1911 as the county poor farm and is a National Historic
This burb of 16,000 is home to the
start point of the King of Roads and the King of Roads
Exhibit at the Troutdale Historical Society's
Barn Exhibit Hall; a combination of photos, memorabilia documenting
the highway's history and stories of the road builders. Knowing the story adds appeal to the drive. Visionaries
Sam Hill & Samuel Lancaster had studied highways along the Rhine River in
Europe, then brought the same style and techniques (stone arch guardrails,
elegant bridges, and wide, sweeping turns to tame the steep climbs) to the road
along the Gorge. "It's hard to imagine a road being built with such artistry
today.", local historian Len Otto says.
1907 Rail Depot
1900 Harlow House
30 follows the quiet
Sandy River and Gorge and passes
Tad's Chicken 'n
Shirley's Tippy Canoe Bar & Grill-a riverside restaurant that was
once featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for its
large and messy sloppy joes. From there the road passes the Stark Street Bridge
and Springdale and climbs to the Gorge's rim and
one of the loftiest views of the Gorge at Chanticleer Point in Corbett.