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Astoria Column, Astoria
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The 38 m (125 ft) Astoria Column was erected in 1926 as a tribute to the historic events that shaped Oregon and its surrounding states. Sgraffito (scratched) artwork winds around the column and focuses on three historic events: Captain Robert Gray's discovery of the Columbia River, the conclusion of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the arrival of the Tonquin ship. Climb the column's 164-step spiral staircase to take in the views of the Oregon Coast Range, Young's Bay, the Columbia River, and, on clear days, the Pacific Ocean. Those who can't manage the stairs can still enjoy impressive views from the column's base. Bring a picnic along to enjoy the on the lawn. Put Astoria Column on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Astoria trip generator.
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  • It is 164 steps up the spiral stairs to the top; climb it if you can, you won't believe the view. Watch the container ships going up the Columbia River and look miles out to the Pacific. The artwork o...  more »
  • This column is a gruelling climb around a spiral staircase. At the top, there's a nice wrap-around balcony with great views of the area. It sits on top of a hill, maybe the highest point in Astoria. Y...  more »
  • We did not know that there were columns across the northern US - now we are talking about a road trip to see them all. This one is very interesting. We were there on a beautiful day so got good photos...  more »