Samuel C. Lancaster

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Samuel C. Lancaster plaque at Crown Point.
Cover of The Columbia: America's Great Highway Through the Cascade Mountains to the Sea by Lancaster, 1915

Samuel Christopher Lancaster was an engineer and landscape architect, most famous for his work on the Columbia River Highway. He was born in 1864 in Magnolia, Mississippi and died from leukemia in 1941.[1]

He came to Oregon in 1908 and was hired by Sam Hill to design his experimental roads at Maryhill in 1909.[2] He did a plan for the campus of Linfield College before beginning supervision of the Columbia River Highway in 1913.[2] He also promoted Crown Point as the site of an observatory.[2]


  1. ^ Robert W. Hadlow, Ph.D., Historian, Oregon Department of Transportation, National Historic Landmark Nomination: Columbia River Highway Archived 2008-03-27 at the Wayback Machine., February 4, 2000, pp. 44-
  2. ^ a b c Engeman, Richard H. (2009). The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of The Useful, The Curious, and The Arcane. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-0-88192-899-0.