The written history of the area dates to 1792, when Robert Gray in his small ship, Columbia Rediviva, entered and named the river. Lewis and Clark’s expedition of 1804–1806 established the new nation’s claim to the Pacific Northwest. The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria offers more points of historical interest than any other city on the Oregon Coast. During the 1980s, Astoria’s seafood processing and timber-based economy ended with the closing of the Bumblebee Seafood canneries and the Astoria Plywood Mill. While Astoria continues to have a commercial fishing industry, the main economy in this city of 10,000 is tourism.

Intriguing historical museums include Flavel House (not wheelchair-accessible), Heritage Museum, and Uppertown Firefighters Museum. The official maritime museum of Oregon is the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The display of a 44-foot motor lifeboat on a rescue mission is unforgettable.

The 125-foot Astoria Column atop Coxcomb Hill was built in 1925. Around the outside are 14 historical scenes that spiral upwards. Inside visitors can climb the 164-step spiral staircase for unsurpassed views of the ocean, town and bridge, rivers, and mountains. The column commemorates the westward sweep of discovery and migration. Another great view can be had from the Sixth Street Viewing Platform at the end of the Riverfront Walkway. The visitor information center is on West Marine Drive, about 1/2 mile east of the Astoria–Megler bridge.
Hospital: Columbia Memorial, 503-325-4321
City Hall: 1095 Duane, 503-325-5824
County Courthouse: 503-325-8000
Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 176, 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

Astoria Rivershore Motel
Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College
Astor Street Opry Company
Astoria Brewing Company
Astoria Brewing Company/Wet Dog Cafe
Astoria Column
Astoria Dunes Hotel
Astoria Inn Bed and Breakfast
Astoria Mitigation Bank Wetlands
Astoria Pilot House
Astoria Riverfront Trolley
Astoria Sewage Ponds Overlook
Astoria-Megler Bridge
Astoria-Warrenton Chamber & Visitor Center
Baked Alaska Fine Dining and Public House
Benjamin Young Inn
Cannery Pier Hotel
Cellar on 10th
Clatsop County Heritage Museum
Clementine's Bed & Breakfast
Columbia Inn
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
Flavel House
Fort Astoria
Franklin Street Station Bed & Breakfast Inn
Fulio's Pastaria
Grandview Bed & Breakfast
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Astoria
Hong Kong Restaurant
Hotel Elliott
Josephsons Smokehouse and Specialty Seafood
Klaskanine River RV Park
Lewis and Clark Golf and RV Park
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Lewis and Clark River Bridge
Liberty Theater
Lucy's Books
Martin's Big Fish Adventures
Northwest Fishing Guide And Sightseeing Adventures
Riversea Gallery
Riverwalk Inn
Rose River Inn Bed & Breakfast
Silver Salmon Grille
Tiki Charters
Total Fisherman Guide Service
Uppertown Firefighters Museum

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