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Newport Destination For Historic Route 20

Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer (L) Bryan Farr (R)

Bryan Farr has been working since 2012 to establish a non-profit Historic Route 20. Farr is from Chester Ma. and took a trip in 2010 along hwy 20 to Newport Or. He fell in love with the journey and not long after started the non-profit to create more awareness of the towns along the historic route. Farr has been working with states along the hwy 20 route to establish route 20, America's Longest Highway, as a historic route similar to what was done with Route 66. Farr said "it's a way to get people to see what some of the small towns across America have to offer."

Alex Simon in Newport

Farr was once again on the trail, this time accompanying Alex Simon, who rode a electric scooter across the historical highway 20 route from Boston to Newport. The goal according to Farr was to bring about awareness of the environmental benefits of electric scooters. "The electric scooters are easy and efficient to use, especially in smaller areas. Farr said "We were able to plug in the scooter batteries to a standard outlet overnight each battery lasted about 30-miles."

In a meeting with Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer, Newport Chamber director Judy Kuhl and Newport city manager Spencer Nebel, Farr said he would like to see Oregon join other states, such as Iowa, in declaring Highway 20 a historic route. Sawyer said he has talked with State Representative David Gomberg about the topic and hopes it will be something considered in the next legislative session. Mr. Nebel said this is a great opportunity for Destination Newport and suggested if passed getting some additional signs made. Farr added "traveling the historic route 20 you get to see the real country."

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