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Astoria Column view of Astoria

Astoria is a city on the Northern Oregon Coast. It is a small rainy town on the edge of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It is famous for being the terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the setting of the movie The Goonies, and its Victorian-era homes built into the hillside overlooking the Columbia River.



The history of Astoria begins with the Clatsop Indians who lived there for thousands of years. In 1792, Captain Robert Gray located the mouth of the Columbia River and sailed up the river. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expeditiion spend the winter near the current site of Astoria at Fort Clatsop. The city of Astoria itself was not settled until 1811 when John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company established a fur trading post, making it the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.

With the start of the War of 1812 between the United States and England, Astor's fur traders sold the post to the British NorthWest Company so that from 1813 to 1818, the British owned Astoria and it was known as Fort George. The 1818 treaty with England established the Oregon Country, although the fur trade largely remained in the British control until the mid-1840s.

Get in

By car

U.S. Route 101 runs north-south through the city; the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Washington terminates near downtown. U.S. Route 30 provides access from points east, including Portland. From Interstate 5, take I-405 in downtown Portland to U.S. 30 west and follow it along the river; it will take you through the small towns of Scappoose, St. Helens, and Rainier on the way to Astoria.

By bus

As of August 1, 2015, Columbia County Rider runs Line 7, the Lower Columbia Connector, between Astoria Transit Center (9th and Astor) and downtown Portland. A round-trip ticket from Portland is $20. More info at the CC Rider website.

The NorthWest Point bus line provides bus service to the Oregon Coast from Portland with Astoria being the terminus. The bus leaves twice each day from the Portland Greyhound Station (550 NW 6th Ave) at 9:10AM and 6PM. Buses return to Portland each day from the Transit Center in Astoria (900 Marine Drive) at 8:30AM and 6PM. Fares are $18.00 one way with cheaper fares for children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over).


The Astoria Column





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