January 6, 2018
Gary Conley, Terray Harmon and Dale Roberts contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery, above, is scanned from an 8-by-10-inch glossy photograph found in the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.
The typed caption, glued to the print, reads: “Easy level driving — Traffic flows smoothly along this two-lane section of US 30 between Rufus and Biggs. Future plans envisage creating a four-lane highway from Troutdale to The Dalles, from Emigrant Hill to La Grande and a four and two-lane highway from Baker to Ontario. (Highway Department Photo.)” (Olds Ferry crossed out, Ontario written in.) The print is undated.
Gary Conley noted the view was “looking toward the ‘poplar grove,’ they used to call it,” and added that it was in the vicinity of the old Maryhill Ferry.
Dale Roberts noted the photo was taken in the 1950s.
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