In January 2017 my wife and I made a two-day trip along Oregon’s North Coast
as part of my McMenamins Passport adventure.
But before we got to a McMenamins, our first stop was historic Astoria,
located on the south bank of the Columbia River
in the very northwest corner of Oregon, within sight of the mouth of the Columbia about 10 miles downstream.
After a seafood lunch at T Paul’s Supper Club,
we drove over the impressive four-mile-long Astoria–Megler Bridge
to the other end in the state of Washington. I love bridges! On this Web site I have hundreds of photos taken of many different bridges in the West Coast states.
So I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of this astounding Astoria bridge!
I took dozens and dozens of photos from both sides of the bridge on each end. Once I had finally gotten my fill, we drove up to our next stop. The historic (built 1926) 125-foot Astoria Column
sits on top of a 600-foot hill at the eastern end of town. As you might guess, the tower is the highest point in Astoria.
After parking we climbed the 164-step spiral staircase
inside the tower which leads to the observation deck. I’m not at all exaggerating when I say that the 360-degree view from up there is truly astounding!
I took a total of 198 photos during our three-hour visit and my wife took some as well. The best 52, including two from my wife and two very wide panoramas, are contained in this album.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this album, see the related article, Astounding Astoria.