Oregon Experience: Sam Hill

Gallery: Sam Hill's Traveling Slideshow

Sam Hill's projector

Sam Hill was a zealous evangelist and promoter of good roads, which he saw as a key to progress and economic growth. To sell his Good Roads program to an initially reluctant public, Hill used one of the cutting-edge technologies of his time — the stereoscopic glass slide projector. After the completion of his crown jewel, the Columbia River Highway, Hill went to great pains to have the highway photographed and turned into hundreds of hand-tinted glass slides. He used these slides wherever he traveled, in presentations throughout the Northwest and internationally, to promote roads and road building.

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About Sam Hill
Read more about the man and his legacy.
View Sam Hill’s traveling slideshow.
Read a chronology of Sam Hill’s life and accomplishments.
Film Clip
View an archival film of the Columbia River Highway.

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