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Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Clark Gable

1901 - 1960

 
 
Clark Gable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
1. Clark Gable Marker
Inscription.

Began his acting career
in the summer of 1922 at the
Astoria Theater
Located on this site, the building was
destroyed by fire in December, 1922

 
Location. 46° 11.263′ N, 123° 49.803′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker is on Exchange Street east of 12th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on metal stand at the former site of the Astoria Theater. Marker is in this post office area: Astoria OR 97103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Built by Capt. Hiram Brown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gimre's Shoe Store (about 700 feet away); Fort Astoria (about 700 feet away); Site of Original Settlement of Astoria (about 700 feet away); Ranald MacDonald (about 700 feet away); 14th Street Ferry Slip (approx. 0.2 miles away); At Play on the River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harvesting River & Sea (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Clark Gable.
Clark Gable, famous for his role in the movie Gone With the Wind, started his acting career on stage in Astoria in 1922. Franz Dorfler of Silverton, Oregon met Gable at the Red Lantern Theater in Portland during
Clark Gable Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
2. Clark Gable Marker (wide view)
the tryouts for the Astoria Stock Company. In July, to get to Astoria from Portland, they took the sternwheeler Bailey Gazert. Astoria was described as a "bustling, booming, hell-raising town." Many times Clark Gable and his sweetheart Franz climbed to the top of Coxcomb Hill so they could look out across the Columbia River. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Clark Gable's Acting Roots Trace Back To Astoria In 1920s.
If you walk down 12th near Exchange Street in Astoria, itís easy to miss the plaque dedicated to William Gable Clark. But why would you find a plaque dedicated to the Oscar-winning actor in Astoria? Dubbed the “King of Hollywood,” Gable was most notably known for his leading role in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind.” Prior to getting his big break in Hollywood, his acting career started at the Astoria Theater when he met his first acting coach and future wife, Josephine Dillon. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Clark Gable in Oregon.
William Clark Gableís path to Hollywood began shortly after he stepped from a boxcar near Bend in 1922. While in Oregon, he worked in a sawmill, in the hop fields as a picker, for the Meier & Frank department store in Portland, and for the Oregonian's classified-advertising department. Although Gable became one of the most sought-after movie stars in the country from the 1930s
Former Astoria Theater site; marker visible beyond street sign, at right side of building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 9, 2015
3. Former Astoria Theater site; marker visible beyond street sign, at right side of building
through the 1950s, he repeatedly returned to Oregon. He particularly liked to stay at the Weasku Inn along the Rogue River and the Wolf Creek Inn north of Grant's Pass, fishing and relaxation destinations for Gable and his wife Carole Lombard before her death in 1942. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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