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Astoria Oregon Attractions

History
Lighthouses
Museums
Outdoors
Theatre

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History

Astoria Column

Astoria Riverfront Trolley
480 Industry St, Astoria, OR 97103, phone: (503) 325-8790
Learn about Astoria's history and local attractions as this restored 1914 trolley travels three miles along the Columbia River. Round trip takes about 40 minutes.

Fort Clatsop National Memorial

Fort Stevens

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Lighthouses

Lightship Columbia WLV 604
"When LV 50 was towed to the Columbia River Lightship Station on April 11, 1892, it became the first active lightship on the west coast. In 1979, eighty-six years after the establishment of the station, a large navigational buoy (LNB) replaced WLV 606, and the last lightship serving on the west coast was retired. LV 50 was a wooden-hulled vessel constructed in San Francisco and housed two coal-fired boilers, which produced steam for a twelve-inch fog whistle. Three oil lamp lenses, used to alert vessels at night, topped the ship's two masts. The ship had no engine for propulsion, but was equipped with sails in case the anchor chain, which held the vessel at a position roughly five miles west of the Columbia River's mouth, broke." Friends of the Lighthouses

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Museums

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, Oregon 97103, phone: 503-325-2323
The Columbia River Maritime Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary and $6 million remodeling and expansion on May 11, 2002. The Museum renovation began in October 2000 and increased exhibit space to 44,200 square feet. The new space houses interactive exhibits that combine history with cutting-edge technology and numerous Museum acquisitions. Visitors of all ages will experience what it is like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar, and live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. Huge windows make the Columbia River a living backdrop for exhibits that are interactive and touchable, many accompanied by interviews with people involved in the events depicted.

Dodge Beeston Collection
1184 Commercial St., Astoria, Oregon 97103, phone: 503-325-6028

Firefighters Museum
2986 Marine Dr.
, Astoria, Oregon 97103, phone: 503-325-0920

Flavel House Museum
441 8th St
, Astoria, Oregon 97103, phone: 503-325-2563
You can step back in time with a visit to the elegant Astoria home built in 1885 by Captain George Flavel, Columbia River bar pilot and the area's first millionaire. A magnificent example of Queen Anne style architecture with period furnishings and artwork, the Flavel House rests on park-like grounds covering an entire city block.

The Children's Museum
475 11th St, Astoria, Oregon 97103, phone: 503-325-8669
On the second floor of the Firefighters Museum building, the Astoria Children's Museum provides creative fun for area youngsters. The Children's Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11-2.

The Clatsop County Heritage Museum
1618 Exchange St
, Astoria, Oregon 97103, phone: 503-325-8395
The Clatsop County Heritage Museum occupies a beautiful, neo-classic building, built in 1904 as the Astoria, Oregon City Hall. Displays feature natural history, Native American artifacts, early immigrants and settlers of the area, important maritime events and art history. The history of logging, lumbering, and fishing along the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean is also presented.

Uptown Firefighters Museum
The Uppertown Firefighters Museum houses an extensive collection of fire fighting equipment and memorabilia dating as far back as the 1880's. There are hand-pulled, horse-drawn and motorized fire engines and vivid photographic displays of some of Astoria's most spectacular fires

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Outdoors

Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint
This park was one of the first parcels donated as park land to the Oregon Highway Commission in 1922. One of the few rest stops along Highway 30, you’ll find a restroom, monument, and a wondrous Douglas fir forest overlooking the Columbia River.

Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two). The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 3,700 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities.

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Theatre

Astor Street Opry Company
279 W. Marine Dr., Astoria, OR 97103, phone: (503) 25-6104 or (503) 325-1786

The Performing Arts Center
corner of 16th and Franklin Ave, Astoria, OR 97193, phone: (503) 338-2443

The River Theater
230 W Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103, phone: (503) 325-7487
The River is a new theater on the North Coast, making its home in  the historic port town and growing artist community of Astoria. The River is housed in a Uniontown District vintage building which has been converted to a professionally equipped, intimate, 93-seat Black Box theater. Tim Hurd and his wife Nancy Montgomery have been able to make this dream a reality through their own efforts and the contributions of countless others. Hurd, owner of Columbia River Coffee Roaster, termed the phrase, "The Coffee that Floats the Arts" to describe the development of a unique relationship between his wholesale coffee company and the theater venue.

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