Astoria: An Oregon History.
by Karen L. Leedom
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Published: Rivertide Publishing, 2008
Before Seattle, Before Portland, There Was Astoria. The rest of the country is just beginning to discover Astoria, Oregon, that historic gem of a town at the mouth of the Columbia River west of Portland, and the oldest European-American settlement west of the Rockies. The author provides a chronological look dating back to the 1500s, including European exploration, Native American life, logging, fishing, Chinese laborers in the salmon industry, a giant cheese in the Civil War, Oregon's first female surgeon, Victorian architecture, and valiant Coast Guard rescues. A chronology of events from the 1500s to present day can be found in the appendix, along with self-guided tours of downtown and the riverfront, and a listing of things to do and places to visit. Whether you sre a born and bred Astorian, or just passing through, Astoria's history is rife with drama that will captivate and inspire you. So settle into a comfortable chair and enjoy this journey through time.
Includes places to visit, and three self-guided tours.