Near Cascadia in Linn County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
America's First Transcontinental Automobile Race
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 44° 24.215′ N, 122° 22.79′ W. Marker is near Cascadia, Oregon, in Linn County. Marker is on Santiam Highway (U.S. 20) near Gorton Road (Santiam Wagon Road) (Route 2032), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cascadia OR 97329, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Santiam Wagon Road (here, next to this marker).
More about this marker. Santiam Wagon Road is on the opposite side of South Santiam River from the marker.
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1. Old Scout and Old Steady -- Just A Car Guy blogspot. Crossing the Cascade Range was the hardest part of a hard trip. The road over Santiam Pass ... had originally been a military road, 'paved with boulders.' Time and time again, they had to pile rocks to allow the cars' small wheels to negotiate giant rocks. Portions of the ascent were simply too steep for the heavily laden little cars. The blocks and tackles came out again.
The descent was terrifying. The brakes on the Runabouts were little better than the ones on covered wagons. Like the pioneers, trees were cut and dragged behind, to add braking power. (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Santiam Wagon Road - Oregon Encyclopedia. In 1905, the first United States transcontinental automobile race followed the Santiam Wagon Road. Leading driver Dwight Huss paid a three-cent toll to pass as a “road hog” for his seven horsepower 1904 Oldsmobile Runabout. (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.