Crossing into Oregon
Trip Start May 09, 2009
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After crossing the Columbia River, our first stop in Oregon was at the Astoria Column in Astoria, WA. We knew about it from a brochure we picked up at a Visitor Info Center. Unfortuantely, nothing in the brochure provides an address or directions. So, with trailer in tow, we headed uphill, knowing it was supposed to be on the highest point in town. We ended up stopping and asking a resident where it was, and it turned out we were only a block from where there were finally directional signs!
It was worth the search. The Astoria column is the last in a series of 12 historical markers erected in the early 1900s between St
On clear days, the column provides panoramic views of the Pacific, the Columbia, Mt. Rainier and Saddle Mountain. Unfortunately for us, we were there on a very gray cloudy day when visibility was limited. However, we still had some great views, especially when Jim climbed to the top (164 steps). The column itself is amazing, with 500 linear feet of art depicting exploration history wrapped around the column. The column is 125 feet tall, so it was difficult to see the artwork at the top.
For more info on the column, see www.astoriacolumn.org