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Astoria Oregon History

Clatsop County Historical Society  
The Society is organized to obtain, preserve, conserve where necessary, and exhibit items pertaining to the history and culture of Clatsop County and its surrounding areas, together with buildings in which to house such items. The Society shall provide access to its collections for historical research and the educational and cultural enhancement of its members, students, and the general public. 

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103, phone: (503) 325-2323
The museum houses the finest and most extensive maritime collection in the Northwest. Visitors can view superb displays about lighthouses, shipwrecks, navigation, fishing, and naval history. The building, with its soaring, wave form roofline, houses facilities for education, conservation and research. Here is preserved over 200 years of the rich maritime history of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a nationally accredited museum and is also Oregon's Official Maritime Museum.

Flavel House Museum
441 8th St., Astoria, OR 97103, phone: 541-325-2203, email: [email protected]
You can step back in time with a visit to the elegant Astoria home built in 1885 by Captain George Flavel, Columbia River bar pilot and the area's first millionaire. A magnificent example of Queen Anne style architecture with period furnishings and artwork, the Flavel House rests on park-like grounds covering an entire city block.

Fort Clatsop National Memorial
92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, Oregon 97103-9197, phone: 503-861-2471, Ext 214
It was on a wet Christmas Eve day in 1805 that the explorers of the Lewis & Clark Expedition moved into a stockade fort surrounded by lush old-growth forest, wetlands, and wildlife. Named in honor of the local Clatsop Indians, the fort was home for the 33-member party for the winter of 1805-1806.

Fort Stevens
Over 100 years ago young soldiers dressed in Union blue stood watch over Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River. Originally commissioned as a Civil War fortification in 1863, Fort Stevens was deactivated as a military fort shortly after World War II. Fort Stevens enjoys the distinction of being the only military installation in the continental United States to be fired on since the War of 1812. On the night of June 21, 1942, the Fort was the target of a Japanese submarine which fired 17 shells, causing no damage.

Historic Haven  
Article by Leslee Jaquette. "Astoria, Oregon is your gateway to the Columbia River. Standing on the dock at Astoria, Oregonís East Basin Marina, I pondered the mighty Columbia River and the magnitude of the Lewis and Clark expedition. A familiar, distant barking disturbed my reverie. Turning toward the sound, I spotted a sign on the pier that read, "Danger: Sea Lions on Dock."

The Clatsop County Heritage Museum
1618 Exchange Street, Astoria OR 97103, phone: (503) 325-2203
The Clatsop County Heritage Museum can be found in a beautiful, neo-classical building which was built in 1904 and was formerly the Astoria City Hall. The museum's popular rotating and permanent exhibits bring this area's impressive history to life. Displays feature different aspects of Clatsop County's heritage--natural history, Indian artifacts, early immigrants and settlers of the area, important maritime events and art history represent some of the stories the museum has to tell.

Uptown Firefighters Museum
1618 Exchange Street, Astoria OR 97103, phone: (503) 325-2203
The Clatsop County Heritage Museum occupies a beautiful, neo-classic building, built in 1904 as the Astoria, Oregon City Hall. Displays feature natural history, Native American artifacts, early immigrants and settlers of the area, important maritime events and art history. The history of logging, lumbering, and fishing along the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean is also presented.




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