on September 2, 2000
Astoria is a small city at the northernmost point on the Oregon Coast. It is the western end of the journeys of Lewis and Clark. Highlights of the city include several museums. We went to two, Captain George Flavels house. He was the bar (harbour) pilot and Astoria's first millionaire. Beautiful house. Next we went to the heritage museum which was also very worthwhile. Both museums are manned by well-trained volunteers eager to tell you small anecdotes or the history shown in the exhibits. There is also a marine museum we didn't go to. The most spectacular exhibit is the Astoria column. The column is located at the top of a hill above the city and rises about 100 feet in the air. In a spiral design the outside depicts the history of the area. There is ample room to park at the site. There is also an excellent view of the city and ocean as well as a little tourist stand selling souveniers, drinks, ice cream etc.
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