About the Author

Peg Willis is a Northwest history writer, speaker and educator. Her book titles include

  • Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done—the amazing story of the first scenic highway in the nation
  • Rise Above—a novel set in the context of the great Heppner Flood of 1903
  • Samuel Makes a Road—a chapter book for first/second grade readers about Sam Lancaster, the polio survivor who designed the Columbia River Highway.

In addition to her many years of teaching school and music (guitar, violin, and old-time fiddling), Peg is also an avid fiber artist. You will often find her knitting, cross stitching, sewing on her 1906 treadle sewing machine, or weaving on her 1939 floor loom.

Peg and her husband raised their three sons in Pendleton, Oregon and now enjoy three wonderful daughters-in-law and seven absolutely perfect grandchildren.

To contact Peg for further information: fiddlepeg@gmail.com

See Peg’s calendar of upcoming events here.

Peg WillisThis picture, taken from the Washington side of the Columbia River, shows the remains of the Mitchell Point Tunnel behind Peg.
The huge gash in the middle of the picture is the former location of the viaduct leading into the tunnel—which was to the left.

Building the Columbia River Highway
Rise Above
Samuel Makes a Road
Media Kit
Contact Peg