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King of Roads VIP

February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lunch and film: $14; Film only $5. Ticketed event.
Sam Hill as portrayed by actor Tom Burns

Sam Hill as portrayed by actor Tom Burns

The 100th Anniversary celebration of the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH) continues at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center with the VIP presentation of “King of Roads,” a feature documentary produced by Laughing Deva Productions.

Join producers John Hardham and Michael Friend on Saturday, February 25 for a “Meet and Greet” with the documentary film actors, production team and supporters of the restoration of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

An informal gathering will take place at 11 am, followed by a soup and sandwich bar at 12 pm noon. A VIP showing of the 47-minute film documentary will take place at 1 pm.


Cost for the soup and sandwich bar is $14. The cost for the film is $5. This is a ticketed event, and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201 from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Tickets must be purchased by February 22, 2017.

The movie

The movie brings to life many stories and issues connected to the historic highway from its beginning and into the future via interviews, research, and local perspectives. Laughing Deva  and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center also during this past year released a photo-book on the historic highway, available through the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and for sale throughout the Gorge.

Producers John Hardham and Michael Friend commend Travel Oregon and The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center as primary backers. Automobiles provided by Ray Schultens Ford and “Model T guy” Jim Gordon are featured in the movie and local supporters and residents were interviews about their role in making the reconnected Historic Highway Trail and about decades of living along this by-way. Local actor Tom Burns portrays Sam Hill and Joe Garoutte is Sam Lancaster, Mr. Hill’s road engineer. The movie is hosted and narrated by long-time Hood River County Administrator Dave Meriwether.

The feature includes interviews with local Gorge residents Joan Caruso Smith, Bill Pattison, Mike Byrne, and Rip Caswell among others. Smith lived at Viento as a child, helping her parents operate an auto camp along the original highway. Hood River native Pattison’s family lived in the home which is now the Stonehedge Restaurant. Bill is one of the original members of the historic highway Steering Committee, the group largely responsible for overseeing the restoration of the highway. Byrne is a stonemason involved in the restoration of stone monuments and railings along the highway. Caswell is a sculptor from Troutdale who created a statue of Sam Hill and Sam Lancaster that stands alongside the highway.