Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

Astoria Oregon

We started our Oregon coastline trip in the quaint city of Astoria, with its beautiful historical homes on the steep hills of the city. This small coastal town is at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. Astoria is the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria was founded in the early 1800s and named after John Jacob Astor. We visited the Astoria column, a monument which is the cradle for America’s claim to the Pacific coast.

Astoria Oregon
Astoria Oregon
The Astoria Column

For 300 years, Spain, England, France and Russia had competed for this prime land-now constituting the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming. But three events in or near Astoria, over short years, enabled the U.S to make the decisive argument that it had explored the area by land and water and it had set up commerce in the region.

The Astoria column is an artful summary of the triumphs, conflicts and turning points of the frontier. It has a height of 125 feet, 164 steps, is constructed of concrete, and the length of artwork, unwound is 500+ feet.

You can purchase a light wooden airplane for $2 from the gift shop and fly it off the top of the tower.

Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

The Astoria Column, Astoria Oregon

We also briefly stopped and took some photos of the house(privately owned and not open to the public)of the house used in the movie The Goonies. The owner doesn’t allow cars to drive up to the house(private driveway) but does allow people to walk up for photos(as per signs posted at the mailboxes).

Oregon Coastline Trip – Astoria

House from the movie ‘The Goonies’ in Astoria, Oregon.

The Goonies movie (if you didn’t already know) is an adventure comedy about a bunch of kids from the ‘Goon Docks’ in Oregon that band together to try to save their homes from being demolished. In the process of saving their town, they come across an old map that leads them on a crazy adventure to find the hidden treasure of a 17th-century pirate.

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