Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Columbia County Records Inventory
Road and Bridge Records
Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Col. Hy. [Columbia River Highway Map], 1941 (1 map);
Columbia Co. Bridge [and Road Proposals, Plans, and Specifications], 1925-1930 (1 cu.ft.);
[Columbia County Road Index Map-includes vicinity information], 1978 (1 map);
General Highway Map of Columbia County, 1971 (1 map);
Old Roads, Petitions, Bonds, Remonstrances, Etc. Roads Denied, 1903-1911 (1 cu.ft.);
RD. Dept. Old [includes road supervisors' reports], 1896-1900 (.50 cu.ft.);
Road Contracts & Bonds, 1914-1925 (2 cu.ft.);
Road Supervisors Reports [trifolded], 1900 (.20 cu.ft.).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault, Closet Oak Cabinet:
R.D. Sup. Reports [Road Supervisor Reports-also includes bids, contracts, specifications, meeting records, etc.], 1907-1913 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
Columbia County Survey Index [indexes county surveys, road surveys, subdivision and partition plats, boundary line maps, highway maps, and miscellaneous maps], ca.1873-present (1 binder);
County Roads [Legal Information Register], ca.1873-present (2 volumes);
Road Record [includes surveys, notes, reports, and petition and vacation information-vol. 1 shows road district boundaries], vol. 1-3, 1908-1973 (3 volumes).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's
Old Jail Storage Area:
[Miscellaneous Recorded Maps and Survey Plats-includes town, subdivision, and survey plats, district maps, building plans, road plats, aerial photographs, sewer lines, topographical maps, and other related records and subjects-rolled], ca.1937-present (ca.600 maps and drawings).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Commissioners Journal Pre A [includes boundaries of road districts in back], ca.1855 (1 volume);
Index Old Roads, A-L , 1-185, 1875-1886, 1888-ca.1920 (1 volume);
Roads Denied [Case Files], 1912-1938 (.35 cu.ft.);
Roads [Legal History Register-with index], ca.1872-1997 (1 volume);
Roads [Records-Jackets-includes petitions, notices, surveys, and related records], A-L, 1-197, 1875-1886 (4 cu.ft.); no. P1-P308, 1888-1973 (3.35 cu.ft.).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Clerk's Office:
Road Jackets [includes petitions, notices, surveys, and related records], 1908-1917 (2 inches of aperture cards).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Assessor's Office:
Road Index, n.d.-1970 (1 volume).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Assessor's Office Break
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes city, vicinity, road, railroad, aerial photomap, water system, school district boundaries, timber ownership, and assessor-rolled], ca.1950-present (ca.300 maps);
[Road Index], n.d. (1 binder).
Records at the Columbia County Web Site:
Bridge Map [TIFF format], n.d.-present (Internet);
Road District Maps [includes St. Helens, Rainier, Vernonia, and Clatskanie-TIFF format], n.d.-present (Internet).