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

Fort Astoria

 
 
Fort Astoria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
1. Fort Astoria Marker
Inscription. Desiring to dominate the areas explored by Lewis and Clark, John Jacob Astor sent expeditions overland and by sea to seize the mouth of the Columbia. The schooner Tonquin arrived first and work was begun on this site April 12, 1811. "The foliage was budding we imagined ourselves in the Garden of Eden. Buildings were of board tightly covered and roofed with cedar bark." Later palisades were raised against the Indians. Here gathered adventurers from all the vast wilderness; here, in 1814, lived the Oregon Country's first white woman, the English barmaid, Jane Barnes; here were the true beginnings of our stock raising, farming and shipbuilding. The property was sold to the North West Company to avoid capture during the War of 1812 and was operated as "Fort George" until its abandonment in 1825 when the Hudson's Bay Company moved headquarters to Fort Vancouver. The buildings decayed and modern Astoria rose upon the site.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 46° 11.293′ N, 123° 49.643′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Touch for map. 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. Ranald MacDonald
Fort Astoria and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
2. Fort Astoria and Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Site of Original Settlement of Astoria (a few steps from this marker); Gimre's Shoe Store (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Into the Unknown (about 600 feet away); A Waterfront at Work (about 600 feet away); Built by Capt. Hiram Brown (about 700 feet away); 14th Street Ferry Slip (about 700 feet away); Clark Gable (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesIndustry & Commerce
 
Fort Astoria image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
3. Fort Astoria
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark
under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States.
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1962
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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