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

At Play on the River

 
 
At Play on the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2015
1. At Play on the River Marker
Inscription.
People have always turned to the river for enjoyment and just plain fun. Today you may see recreational sailboats, motorboats, jet-skis, kayaks, cruise ships, windsurfers, or kiteboards sharing the river with huge commercial ships.

In the past, the Columbia River offered similar relaxations: boating under sail and oar, fishing, and even swimming – despite swift currents and cold water. Hunting for waterfowl, cruising, and camping on the islands and riverbanks were popular activities then as well as now.
 
Erected by City of Astoria.
 
Location. 46° 11.417′ N, 123° 49.85′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from East Columbia River Highway (U.S. 30) west of 12th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Astoria Riverwalk, north of the highway, overlooking the Columbia River, west of 12th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 12th Street, Astoria OR 97103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harvesting River & Sea (a few steps from this marker); Pilots on the Columbia River (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbia River Tugs And Towboats
Marker detail: Downtown fishing 1912 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2015
2. Marker detail: Downtown fishing 1912
Elthe Vasbinder fishes downtown in 1912. Before the fire of 1922, much of Astoria was built on pilings over the river. Ragnor Johnson, Fritz Peterson, Basil Locke, Mayor Herman Wise, and Marge Ross gather to admire the catch.
(about 500 feet away); 14th Street Ferry Slip (about 500 feet away); Gimre's Shoe Store (about 600 feet away); Crossroads of Cultures (about 700 feet away); Clark Gable (approx. 0.2 miles away); Into the Unknown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
 
Also see . . .  Astoria Regatta History.
Astoria Regatta started in 1894. It is the oldest celebration in Oregon's oldest city, which make it the oldest celebration in the state. The 1894 Astoria was a cultural hodgepodge comprised of Native Americans, Scandinavian, Chinese and the usual polyglot of American/Europeans. Early pictures of Regatta show elaborate festivities amidst the thriving downtown that was built over the river on wooden planks, with both a Boat Parade as well as a Land Parade. (Submitted on January 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Marker detail: 1903 Astoria Regatta image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2015
3. Marker detail: 1903 Astoria Regatta

Astoria Regatta (first held in 1894) carries on a long August tradition of boat races and festivity. This scene was captured in 1903. Sailing fishing boats line up for a race, while spectators relax in rowing craft.
Marker detail: Astoria Salmon Derby image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2015
4. Marker detail: Astoria Salmon Derby
Astoriaís famous Salmon Derby attracted hundreds of angles in late summer. With cash prizes for the biggest salmon, skilled fishers were doubly lucky when they landed fall chinook weighing up to 60 pounds. The site was at the foot of 12th Street, where the “Oregon Marine Supply” building still stands today.
Marker detail: Castle Rock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2015
5. Marker detail: Castle Rock

On a summerís day upriver near Castle Rock, people enjoy the river aboard a sailing gillnet boat and a rowing gig.
At Play on the River Marker (<i>wide view looking north across Columbia River and Pier 12</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2015
6. At Play on the River Marker (wide view looking north across Columbia River and Pier 12)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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