Astoria’s “Bridge to the World”
Spanning the mighty Columbia River, the Astoria-Megler Bridge links the Oregon and Washington sections of the Pacific Coast High-way(U.S. 101). The bridge stretches 4.1 miles from Astoria, Oregon, across the mouth of the Columbia River to Point Ellice, Washington, and contains the longest continuous three-span through-truss in the world. When opened on Augiust 27, 1966, the bridge completed U.S. 101 as an unbroken link between the Canadian and Mexican borders. The story of the Astoria-Megler Bridge is a story of technology, but just as important, it’s a story of people, particularly the people of Astoria. Without their determination there would be no bridge.
The toll comes tumbling down
The original agreement between Oregon and Washington called for a toll to pay for the Astoria-Megler Bridge over a 30-year period. Critics predicted “The Bridge To Nowhere” would never pay for itself. They said it would “drain the pocketbooks of Oregon and Washington taxpayers for decades to come.” That first year, 206,216 vehicles crossed the bridge. By 1993, more than 1.6 million vehicles a year were crossing the “Bridge to Nowhere.” and on Dec. 24.1993 - more than two years early - the bonds were paid off and the toll removed. Today about 6,000 cars a day cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge and U.S. 101 is unbroken between the Canadian and Mexican borders. Astoria’s “Bridge to Nowhere” has become the city’s “Bridge to the World.”
Astoria & Warrenton
Treat yourself to a visit to the North Coast towns of Astoria and Warrenton, located near the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River. This has been an area of discovery since the exploration of the region by Captain Robert Gray in 1792 and Lewis and Clark in 1805-06.
Enjoy discovering dozens of historical points within minutes of downtown Astoria. Sites include the National Park Service’s Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Fort Stevens State Park, the Peter Iredale shipwreck, Fort Astoria and the Astoria Column with its magnificent views overlooking the Columbia River. Museums include Ft. Stevens Military Museum, Uppertown Firefighter’s Museum, The Heritage Center, The Flavel House, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum which has a reputation as one of the finest maritime museums in the world.
You might like to walk along the waterfront or ride the Riverfront Trolley and discover the 6th Street Viewing Dock, the 14th Street River Park and the 17th Street Pier, where the Lightship Columbia, Coast Guard vessels and other visiting ships tie up. On the wooded hillsides, you will find beautiful Victorian homes (many on the National Register). Experience the variety of restaurant dining and browse the many unique shops and galleries in the downtown area.
Cross the drawbridge to Warrenton, take a walk on the beach and enjoy the crashing waves and smashing views of the Pacific Ocean, or ride your bike on the miles of scenic routes and trails. Back roads offer beautiful scenery and, in late October, fall colors that rival those of New England. Take advantage of the opportunity to go out on a charter boat and catch your own salmon, sturgeon or crab and at the same time enjoy the scenic waterfront from the vantage of a ship’s deck while passing under the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
For further information, contact the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce
111 W. Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon 97103 (503) 325-6311 or 1-800-875-6807 www.oldoregon.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Founded in 1962, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is one of the finest maritime museums on the West Coast and is also the official maritime museum of the State of Oregon. Six Galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightsip Columbia, interpret the Pacific Northwest’s rich maritime history. A private nonprofit organization, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is funded by membership dues, contributions and admission fees.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located at 1792 Marine Drive in Astoria. The museum is open from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily and is closed on both Thanksgiving and Chrstmas
The Enchantment of Seaside
One of the oldest beach resorts on the West Coast, Seaside retains the charm and nostalgia of the past, while offering the amenities of a contemporary, full-service business community. The Seaside Turnaround, historic end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, is a “must visit”. You’ll find a sandy beach and an ocean-side promenade two miles long, prefect for strolling, jogging, bicycling, or just plain people watching.
Tillamook Head can be seen everywhere along the promenade and offers hikers many exhilarating views. The trail that crosses Tillamook Head is 9 miles long and travels north to south from Seaside
Charming Cannon Beach
The charming beach resort community of Cannon Beach includes retail shops, restaurants and many art galleries. The beach is dominated by Haystack Rock, a protected marine garden with easily accessible tidepools and a wide variety of birds, including nesting puffins from spring to summer. During minus tides, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program is usually on the beach offering displays of intertidal life and bird spotting scopes.
Welcome to the Long Beach Peninsula
Welcome to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula-a destination rich in simple delights and creature comforts. Explore over 28 miles of wide open beach, grassy dunes, old growth forests, wetlands, bays and rivers. Play in sand, on a carousel, and at our many festivals. Seek out local history at museums and interpretive centers. Visit the sites Lewis & Clark walked when they reached the Pacific Ocean. Shop for kites, art, and gifts. Savor the abundance of freshly caught seafood-Willapa Bay oysters, razor clams, dungeness crab, salmon and sturgeon-and locally grown and gathered produce-cranberries, blueberries, wild mushrooms. Rest and dream to the lull of the Pacific surf.
Some folks claim Jake the Alligator Man was a valet in a New Orleans whorehouse. Others say Jake the Alligator Man was a sideshow freak who smoked cigars and could nod yes or no to simple questions. A retired couple who drive from Kelso every summer to see Jake the Alligator man claim they remember him, alive and nodding, in a Texas carnival.
For all the curiosities at Marsh’s Free Museum, 409 S. Pacific Avenue Washington 103), in Long Beach, the boffo attraction is Jake the Alligator Man. Jake appears to be an ossified dwarf whose skin has turned a putrid black. From the waist down, Jake is an alligator, with scales and tail. He perches in a glass case with a sign that reads “We have very little history on Jake.”
Every customer receives a free seashell affixed to a small card. Marsh’s gives away 130,000 shells a year. Tourists think the shells come from Long Beach, glistening just out the back door, but they are from Mexico and the Philippines; our local surf pounds shells to pieces.
Ocean Park area includes Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, Oysterville and Surfside. The Portland Camp Meeting Association developed Ocean Park in 1883. The Peninsula was the place for Oregonians to come each summer to enjoy a religious atmosphere, fresh air and the ocean. To this day, fourth and fifth generations still come to enjoy the old family beach homes.
The Peninsula is an ageless place, dominated by the natural elements of wind, rain and the endless sound of the Pacific Ocean.The sunrise is beautiful and the sunsets can be awesome! Here you’ll find 28 miles of beach that is pure sand and visitors have an unforgettable experience as they drive or walk down the approach and along the Pacific Ocean. Whether you stop to build sand castles, monitor the wave action of the ocean; watch the shore birds hunt for food and frolic in the water; or just sit on a log and read a book, you will certainly feel grateful that you found this area.
Wonderfully Versitile Tillamook
Tillamook is a small community with a lot to offer. With a population of 4340 city residents and 24,600 in the county at large, the area is widly diversified. You can go crabbing, fishing, hunting, clam digging, hiking and beach combing, and stay at a motel, or one of the many parks or campgrounds-all in the same day! There is the Bay Ocean Peninsula, Munson Creek Falls, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, golf courses to visit, and, of course, don’t forget the cheese!
Tillamook Air Museum
The Tillamook Air Museum is located 2 miles south of Tillamook in a World War II blimp hangar. The blimp hangar is the largest clear-span wooden building in the world and is an architectural marvel from its era.
The museum houses a Warbird collection of over 35 aircraft, nearly all of which are maintained in flying condition. The museum collection features some very rare and popular aircraft such as a P-38 Lightning, B-25 Mitchell,P-47 Thunderbolt, PBY Catalina and a P-51 Mustang. The museum also features a theater which shows daily documentaries about various aircraft, an exhibit hall featuring “The Home Front” during WWII, as well as an extensive photo collection of the construction phase of the hangar.
The museum offers an aviation gift shop as well as a 40’s diner style cafe.
The Garibaldi Museum
The Garibaldi Museum is a maritime museum featuring the story of Captain Robert Gray and the adventures to the Pacific Northwest. Captain Robert Gray entered the Columbia River claiming it for the United States and was the first American sea captain to circumnavigate the globe. The 10,000 sq. ft. post and beam construction building with stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings displays many exhibits about 18th century sailing including a reproduction of the figure-head of the Columbia. In addition, the museum features a special gallery on the history of Garibaldi, Oregon.