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Near Manzanita in Tillamook County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Safety and Beauty

 
 
Safety and Beauty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. Safety and Beauty Marker
Captions: (left) The men who worked on the masonry took their lives in their hands. This 1940 photo shows them preparing the steep rick face.; (bottom center) The Chasm Bridge, half viaduct, and several hundred feet of concrete curbing and masonry stone wall were all completed by 1941. (bottom, second from the right) By 2005, the original wall was leaning outward in several places. Some sections had even fallen onto residential properties below.; (bottom right) The restoration project began with a careful disassembling of the existing wall. Workers put marks on each rock to make sure they went back where they belonged. They then reassembled the wall with improved structural support.
Inscription. Three-quarters of a mile of roadwork added safety and beauty to the Coast Highway flanking Neahkahnie Mountain. Talented masons who had once worked for the Works Progress Administration blasted away tons of rock off the mountainside and built support walls and bridges. This engineering feat was the largest state highway rock work project in Oregon up to that time.
Weather and time took their toll, and in 2006 the National Scenic Byways Program awarded grants to ODOT to restore two sections of rock wall. The Transportation Enhancement Program later provided funds to restore a third section of the wall in 2014.
 
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 44.611′ N, 123° 57.506′ W. Marker is near Manzanita, Oregon, in Tillamook County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) near Meadow Loop, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manzanita OR 97130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Footpath to Highway (here, next to this marker); The First People (within shouting distance of this marker); Uncanny Neahkahnie (within shouting distance of
Safety and Beauty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. Safety and Beauty Marker
Rock work behind the marker
this marker); Oswald West (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neahkahnie Mountain (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Oswald West (about 700 feet away); Roosevelt Elk (about 700 feet away); In Harmony with Nature (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manzanita.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesRoads & Vehicles
 
Neahkahnie Mountain Rock Work image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
3. Neahkahnie Mountain Rock Work
Neahkahnie Mountain Rock Work on the left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
4. Neahkahnie Mountain Rock Work on the left
Neahkahnie Beack in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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