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Original Pacific Highway Identified

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Elsewhere HERE I have noted that the old Pacific Highway (now US99) ran through the Lewis and Clark State Park. What makes that interesting is that the original 1913 alignment apparently still exists in the Park, now as an equestrian trail. And that old Pacific Highway alignment follows the Cowlitz Wagon Road, which was a pre automobile road that carried passengers and freight into the Puget Sound area in pioneer days. And the wagon road followed the Cowlitz Trail, which was the early route followed by the fur trappers of the Hudson Bay Company, and later the first settlers in the Puget Sound.

 

I looked recently at a 1951 USGS aerial photograph of the area, and to my pleasure, saw a ground trace of the old Cowlitz Wagon Road / Original Pacific Highway just north of the park. That is important because it substantiates the route of the road through the park.

 

I drove to the closed Park today (opens May 1 for a new season) to look at and photograph the Civilian Conservation Corps structures, and wondered if I could find any trace of the old wagon road/ Pacific Highway immediately north of the Park. I could, and did! See the photo below taken on S. Prairie Road (in a little rain squall).

 

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Point A is where the old wagon road intersects S. Prairie Road at the coordinates shown. My photo above shows the old road. Both point A and point B are visible in modern Google Earth images. The upper green marker identifies the old trace visible in the red 1951 aerial photo above (I changed the B&W photo color to red for clarity) . The lower green marker indicates where the aerial map shows the old road crossing the the northern park boundary.

 

I had identified the road through most of the park earlier (points C through E) in the map below but until I looked at the aerial image I couldn't be sure where the road exited / entered the park on the north side. (For those who followed my speculations as to where the wagon road crossed the wetland, I was wrong. The actual crossing is apparently about 60 yards east of my guess. No matter, now it is determined.)

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

 

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You are doing good Dave, I've foliowing your posts. Keep the good reports coming.

 

Dale S

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Great work Dave! Now I got to go and visit the park.

 

Curt

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I agree with Jim, Dave ... you should write a book.

 

I sure appreciate your reports & pics.

 

 

 

 

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Finally made it out to Lewis and Clark State Park. to see the old highway.

Here is the webpage I created about the Jackson Hill.

https://www.pacific-hwy.net/jackson_hill.htm

Happy trails

Curt

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That section of Jackson Highway was one of the highlights of that day of my 2009 bicycle tour.

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