Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Astoria & Warrenton
The oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, dating back to Lewis & Clark.
Explore our history, natural beauty and opportunities for adventure.
For free maps and visitor information, visit one of the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber Welcome Centers
Guardian of the Columbia
Over 130 years ago young soldiers dressed in Union blue stood watch over the mouth of the Columbia River at Fort Stevens. An active fort from 1863 until after World War II, Fort Stevens is virtually a 100 acre museum rich in military history.
"at this place we had wintered…”
William Clark, March 23, 1806
Fort Clatsop National Memorial commemorates and preserves the story and significance of the 1803-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. The forested memorial site includes a visitor center and a replica of the expedition's 1805-06 winter encampment.
Visual Record of History
The Flavel House:
Experience the luxury of the Victorian period at the elegant Queen Anne style home built in
Discover a Northwest Treasure
The Columbia River Maritime Museum
Come to Oregon’s official Maritime Museum and experience one of the country’s finest displays about shipwrecks, lighthouses, fishing, navigation and naval history. Tour a floating lighthouse, the Lightship Columbia. Visit the Museum Store for quality maritime publications and unique gifts.
Where History Lives
The Astoria Column
A unique international work of historic architecture depicting the evolution of the area. Climb to the viewing platform and enjoy magnificent panoramas of the Columbia River, ocean, bays and mountains.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 11.27′ N, 123° 50.138′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker is at the intersection of Exchange Street and 7th Street, on the left when traveling east on Exchange Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Clatsop County Historical Society building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 714 Exchange Street, Astoria OR 97103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of Captain Flavel Trees (a few steps from this marker); Captain George Flavel Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads of Cultures (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clark Gable (approx. ¼ mile away); Harvesting River & Sea (approx. ¼ mile away); At Play on the River (approx. 0.3 miles away); Built by Capt. Hiram Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gimre's Shoe Store (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Stevens.
One of the three major forts designed to protect the mouth of the Columbia River, Fort Stevens was constructed on the Oregon side of the river’s mouth. The three forts—Fort Stevens, and, in Washington, Forts Columbia and Canby—were authorized by an act of Congress in February 1862 to provide “for the defense in Oregon and Washington Territory at or near the mouth of the Columbia River.” While the original purpose was to protect the river from Confederate commerce raiders (such as the C.S.S. Alabama), the Civil War was over before Fort Stevens was fully operational. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Fort Clatsop.
Built in 1805 near present-day Astoria, Fort Clatsop was the winter quarters for the Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery, more commonly known as the Corps of Discovery or the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. The Flavel House.
This was the retirement home of Captain George Flavel, who had it built from 1884-1886. He lived in it with his wife, Mary Christina Boelling, and two of their children, Nellie and Katie. George Conrad, their son, was married and living in his own home. Captain Flavel lived a colorful life as an entrepreneur and bar pilot, guiding ships through the treacherous mouth of the Columbia River. Astoria's first millionaire, he was revered for his integrity and support for the townspeople. The Flavel House reflects the Queen Anne architecture, popular during the Victorian era. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Columbia River Maritime Museum.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a museum of maritime history located about ten miles from the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. It has a national reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections. The Columbia River Maritime Museum Association was founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep, a commercial artist and avid marine artifact collector. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
5. Astoria Column.
The Astoria Column is an art-covered pillar made of concrete that reaches 125 feet skyward from Coxcomb Hill, overlooking Astoria and the Columbia River. Its observation platform offers a panoramic view. Over the years, the Column has become an Oregon icon and a source of identity and pride for Astorians. It was listed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1974. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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