Wednesday, September 25, 2013
One of the Northwest’s first and most vocal advocates for modern roads was Maryhill Museum of Art founder Sam Hill. As president of the Washington State Good Roads Association he spent much of his life championing the importance of highways in the Northwest.
Maryhill’s Car is King Weekend on Oct. 5-6 will celebrate Hill’s vision, and autos past and present. A range of activities is on tap, including an open car show with classic, hot rod and muscle cars, children’s veggie car races, and vintage race cars competing in a timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road.
Constructed by Hill between 1909-1913, it was the first macadam asphalt-paved surface in the Pacific Northwest, and features stunning views and eight hairpin turns.
Admission to Car is King Weekend, which takes place on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art, is free; the museum is open by regular admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The current special exhibition is “Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons.”
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge