ABOUT THE AREA
The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located in Astoria, Oregon, the far northwest corner of the state. It is situated right along the banks of the Columbia River, a few short miles from where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.
Astoria was established in 1811, and is the oldest permanent U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. It is a town of approximately 10,000 people, and many of its families have been part of the community for generations.
Astoria has a strong heritage that is tied to its geographic setting. Mariners have plied the river for centuries, fishermen have sustained families and built businesses, and lumbermen have harvested timber destined for other ports. The variety of cultures – from Chinese to Native American to Scandinavian – make for a unique history and an interesting story.
Today, Astoria draws visitors from all over the world for its scenic locale and points of interest, and the city doesn’t disappoint. There are museums, shops and galleries to explore, breathtaking views, and plenty of opportunities for recreation. There are restaurants for every palate, and hotels to meet every traveler’s need.
If you dig a little deeper, you’ll become acquainted with the many characters of Astoria – those past and present – who make the community the one-of-a-kind place that it is. Astoria is often lauded for its authenticity – its “pretty and gritty” nature that lets you know you are experiencing a real community, whether for a weekend or for life.
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