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

In Harmony with Nature

 
 
In Harmony with Nature Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. In Harmony with Nature Marker
Captions: Photos at the bottom right: (upper left) February 1940 shortly after crews began construction of the final road segment.; (bottom left) The same road segment in 1941 after construction was completed.; (right) Just after the section opened in 1941.
Inscription. During the early development of our national parks (1920s) an evolution in design ethics was taking shape. This design ethic emphasized and organic approach to architecture and landscape - designing in harmony with nature. Nature was the most important design element. All design decisions were subservient to the natural environment. Characteristic of this era were curvilinear roads that hugged the topography, sensitive siting that responded to nature, and the use of onsite natural materials - local stone and timbers.

A Scenic Road
This design philosophy gained momentum with the creation of a formal partnership between the National Park Service and the Bureau of Public Roads (now FHWA) in 1926. Roads constructed through this working arrangement included some of the best examples of road engineering and the most scenic roads in the United States.
The construction of the Oregon Coast Highway exemplifies this design approach. The road gracefully follows the contours of the mountain, accentuates the natural features of the landscape and displays elaborate stone walls and curbing. The road is scenic as well as functional with ample pullouts whereby motorists and cyclists can safely stop and appreciate the surrounding beauty.
The rock structures along this section of road, built between 1939 and
In Harmony with Nature Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. In Harmony with Nature Marker
1941, span almost 4,000 feet and represent the largest highway rockwork project in Oregon - the engineering and construction are symbolic of an era when nature provided the elements of design.
 
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 44.673′ N, 123° 57.64′ 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. Roosevelt Elk (here, next to this marker); Oswald West (here, next to this marker); Neahkahnie Mountain (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Oswald West (here, next to this marker); Safety and Beauty (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Footpath to Highway (about 700 feet away); The First People (about 800 feet away); Uncanny Neahkahnie (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manzanita.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesRoads & Vehicles
 
Oregon Coast Highway near this marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
3. Oregon Coast Highway near this marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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