See the Oregon coast as it looked in the 1940s

An image from the online exhibit: bathers at Cannon Beach

There are just two more days to submit your pictures of recreation on the Oregon shore to the contest! Voting begins on Thursday.

In the meantime, you can enjoy some historic coastal photographs and take a virtual roadtrip from Astoria to the California line by perusing this online exhibit put together by the Oregon State Archives. They’ve taken the text from a 1940 travel guide to U.S. 101 created under the New Deal-era Federal Writers’ Project and combined it with Oregon Highway Department photographs from the same period. The result is an engaging chronologue of the highway that at that time had just begun to connect coastal communities and draw new automobile tourists to the shore.


Posted on July 29, 2013, in History, Photo contest. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on squidknot and commented:
    Got a great photo? Check this out.

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