History of Our Area
Astoria is the seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811, 205 years ago. Astoria was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 20, 1876.
It holds the distinction of being the first permanent United States settlement on the Pacific coast and for having the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains.
Located on the south shore of the Columbia River, the city is served by the deepwater Port of Astoria. Transportation includes the Astoria Regional Airport with U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 101 as the main highways, and the 4.1-mile (6.6 km) Astoria–Megler Bridge connecting to neighboring Washington across the river.
The Astoria School District has four primary and secondary schools, including Astoria High School. Clatsop Community College is the city’s two-year college. It also has a library and many parks with historical significance. As well as the second oldest Job Corps facility, Tongue Point Job Corps.
Astoria In Popular Culture
Shanghaied in Astoria is a musical about Astoria’s history that has been performed in Astoria every year since 1984.
Astoria was the setting of the 1985 film The Goonies, which was filmed on location. Other movies filmed in Astoria include Short Circuit, The Black Stallion, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Benji the Hunted, The Ring Two, Into the Wild, The Guardian and Cthulhu.
The early 1960s television series Route 66 filmed the episode entitled “One Tiger to a Hill” in Astoria; it was broadcast on September 21, 1962.
Pop punk band The Ataris’ fourth album was titled So Long, Astoria as an allusion to The Goonies. A song of the same title is the album’s first track. The album’s back cover features news clippings from Astoria, including a picture of the port’s water tower from a 2002 article on its demolition.