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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Beautiful Astoria Column in Oregon

The beautiful Astoria Column is a 125 foot tall monument located in Astoria Oregon. It stands above the city giving you a stunning view of the surrounding area and in the distance you'll catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. It's one of twelve historical markers that stretch from St. Paul, Minnesota and Astoria, Oregon.

According to their website: It was modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome, the Astoria Column features a hand-painted spiral frieze that would stretch more than 500 feet if unwound. The monument was dedicated in 1926 and over the years has underwent several restorations and upgrades. You can read all about the history of the column by visiting their website online.
The Astoria Column in Oregon

When it comes to the exterior artwork it's absolutely stunning to see! The artwork depicts the historic events that transpired at the mouth of the Columbia River. The artwork goes around the complete exterior of the column, so make sure that you walk around and really check it all out while you're there.

On the day that we visited they weren't crowded at all, so we were able to take our time exploring the site. They offer balsa wood airplanes for sale at the on-site gift shop, so my husband did purchase one and once he climbed all of the stairs to the top, he flew it over the sides. Several visitors participated, so it was fun to see all of the balsa wood planes flying down.
The Astoria Column in Oregon

There is no admission fee to enter the park or to visit the Astoria Column. With that said, they do charge a small fee for parking (I believe it was around $5.00). They're open year-round, but the park does change up their hours of operation depending on the season of the year. You can find their operating schedule directly on their site.

If you're unfamiliar with the area, you'll find the Astoria Column located at 1 Coxcomb Drive in Astoria, Oregon 97103. If you need additional driving directions or information, you can call the park at 503-325-2963.

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