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The Astoria Column
Welcome to the Astoria Column! You can climb the 125
ft high Column and see breathtaking views of the
Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, Saddle Mountain and
the Clatsop Plain. The Astoria Column, dedicated in
1926 was patterned after Trajan's Column in Rome by
architect Electus Ritchfield. The mural that spirals
up the outside of the column was created by Italian
artist Atillio Pusterla, and shows scenes and
figures of the westward expansion of the settlers
and Oregon's early history. The beautiful city of
Astoria (along with Warrenton) is located on the
Pacific coastline in the northwest corner of Oregon,
in Clatsop County. Astoria and Warrenton are located
on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, where it
meets the Pacific Ocean. Astoria is the oldest
American settlement west of the Rockies. It was
first visited by Captain Robert Gray in 1792.
Followed by the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery in
1805, then other pioneers later.
Astoria's 20 mile radius consists of Fort
Clatsop National Memorial, Fort Astoria, Fort
Stevens State Park, Heritage Center Museum, Flavel
House Museum, Uppertown Fire Fighters Museum,
Astoria Column, and the Columbia River Maritime
Museum. The Astoria Bridge is 4.1 miles long!
Historic Victorian homes, quaint shops, galleries,
docks, cruise ships, and fishing charters also make
up this beautiful coastal town. Enjoy the city's
waterfront along with 17th Street Pier, 6th Street
Viewing Dock, and the 14th Street Riverpark. Also,
visit Uppertown Firefighters Museum.
Astoria's population is aprox. 10,850.
Warrenton/Hammond is aprox 3,950 and Clatsop County
consists of aprox.35,000. The Climate is mild
year-round with a Average Wind Speed of 8.5 miles
per hour and the Normal Annual Precipitation is
Celebrate Astoria's Scandinavian heritage with the
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival that is held in
June. This festival features authentic Scandinavian
events, musicians, smorgasbords, parade, ethnic
entertainment, dancing, and crafts.
The Friends of Astoria Column is a citizens
group that was founded in 1988. They are dedicated
to maintaining and preserving this historic
one-of-a-kind monument. Due to their tireless
efforts, and through the generous support of
individuals, foundations, and corporations, the
Column underwent extensive renovation in 1995. The
pictoral frieze is once again legible, and has been
impregnated with a water repellent that should help
to preserve it.
Plans are under way to establish an Interpretive
Center. The highlight of the Center will be a
scaled-down version of the Column. A staircase will
wind around the outside of it in order to allow
close-up views of the 14 scenes. The Center will
also display information about the Column, its
history and purpose, and other exhibits about Oregon
history and the settling of the region.
If you wish to contribute to this worthy cause, you
can join Friends of Astoria Column by making a
donation through the box at the Column, or by
mailing it to PO Box 717, 1095 Duane Street,
Astoria, OR 97103. If you would like to obtain
additional information, please call 503-325-4530 or
send a fax to 503-325-2467.
Other Attractions & Activities Include:
The Astoria Aquatics Center Call 503-325-7027
Astoria Children's Museum 11th and Exchange
Featuring changing exhibits that are designed to
capture the imagination of children of all ages. For
more info, call 325-8669.
Uppertown Firefighter's Museum 30th and
A display are hand-pulled, horse drawn and motorized
vehicles, fire fighting equipment and memorabilia.
This extensive collection of fire fighting equipment
makes this museum fun for kids of all ages.
Heritage Museum 16th Street and Exchange Ave
National history, regional history, geology,
important nautical events and Native American
Captain George Flavel Museum 8th Street and
Elegant Victorian home listed on the National
Register of Historic Places & built by Captain
Columbia River Maritime Museum 17th Street
and Marine Drive
24,000 square feet of exhibit space with 7 galleries
that display the region's maritime history. Also, a
huge collection of artifacts, models, displays and
Ft. Clatsop National Memorial
Winter quarters for Captains Meriwether Lewis &
Fort Astoria, 15th and Exchange Streets
Fort Stevens Military Reservation guarded the mouth
of the Columbia River from the Civil War until World
Peter Iredale Shipwreck Remains
Remains of English sailing ship ran aground during a
storm in 1906.
Artifacts and interpretive displays depicting the
history of the fort from the Civil War era to the
shelling of Battery Russell by a Japanese submarine
during World War II.
Freshwater Lakes - Hiking Trails and Bike Paths &
Located in Astoria, Oregon on the Pacific coastline
in the northwest corner of Oregon. Astoria and
Warrenton are located on the Oregon side of the
Columbia River, where it empties into the Pacific
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