Maryhill Loops Road

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Maryhill Loops Road
Maryhill Loop Road from air.jpg
Maintained by Maryhill Museum of Art

The Maryhill Loops Road was an experimental road in south central Washington, United States, built by Good Roads promoter Samuel Hill with the help of engineer and landscape architect Samuel C. Lancaster. Climbing the Columbia Hills from the Columbia River and Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway to his planned Quaker utopian community at Maryhill, Washington. Built in 1911 as the first asphalt road in the state, and bypassed by the present U.S. Route 97 after World War II, the road achieved low grades with horseshoe curves. The design became the model for the Figure-Eight Loops on the Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon, designed by Lancaster several years later.[1] The road is now owned by the Maryhill Museum of Art.

The road is closed to public motor vehicle traffic but is open to pedestrians and bicycles. The Maryhill Museum of Art rents use of the road for private events by automobile, motorcycle, bicycling, and longboarding clubs. The yearly International Downhill Federation World Cup Series downhill longboarding and street luge event is held there.[2]


  1. ^ Robert W. Hadlow, Ph.D., Historian, Oregon Department of Transportation, National Historic Landmark Nomination: Columbia River Highway, February 4, 2000, pp. 54-56, 59-61
  2. ^ Higgins, Matt (July 20, 2010), "Skateboarding Glides Into New Phase", The New York Times, retrieved 2010-09-05 

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