Our West Coast Adventures during 2013 travel blog

Astoria

Astoria

Astoria

Astoria

Astoria

Astoria

Astoria - Farmers's Market

Astoria - Farmers's Market

Astoria - Farmers's Market

Astoria - Farmers's Market

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column

View from Astoria Column


We ventured to Astoria for their Sunday Farmers Market, we are finding that a "farmers market" in Oregon and Washington especially on the Coast were there isn't a lot of farms really means a craft fair with "some" produce.

We drove up to the Astoria Column - it is a tower overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River on Coxcomb Hill. Built in 1926, the concrete and steel structure is part of a 30-acre city park. The 125-foot tall column has a 164-step spiral staircase ascending to an observation deck at the top and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 1974. The spiral sgrafitto frieze on the exterior of the structure is almost seven feet wide, and 525 feet long. Painted by Electus D. Litchfield and Attilio Pusterla, the mural shows 14 significant events in the early history of Oregon with a focus on Astoria's role including Captain Gray's discovery of the Columbia River in 1792 and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. It was designed to resemble the Roman Trajan's Column and built at a cost of $27,133.96

The views from Coxcomb Hill are spectacular especially when the sun was out, we took what we got.



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