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Astoria has served as a port of entry for over a century and remains the trading center for the lower Columbia basin, although it has long since been eclipsed by Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington as an economic hub on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Astoria's economy centered on fishing, fish processing, and lumber. In 1945, about 30 canneries could be found along the Columbia; however, in 1974 Bumblebee Seafood moved its headquarters out of Astoria, and gradually reduced its presence until 1980 when the company closed its last Astoria cannery. The timber industry likewise declined; Astoria Plywood Mill, the city's largest employer, closed in 1989, and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway discontinued service in 1996.
In 1966 the Astoria-Megler Bridge was opened; it completed U.S. Route 101 and linked Astoria with Washington on the opposite shore of the Columbia.
Today, tourism, Astoria's growing art scene, and light manufacturing are the main economic activities of the city. It is a port of call for cruise ships since 1982, after $10 million in pier improvements to accommodate cruise ships. To avoid Mexican ports of call during the Swine Flu outbreak of 2009, many cruises were re-routed to include Astoria. The residential community The World visited Astoria in June 2009.
In addition to the replicated Fort Clatsop, a popular point of interest is the Astoria Column, a tower 125 feet (38 m) high built atop the hill above the town, with an inner circular staircase allowing visitors to climb to see a panoramic view of the town, the surrounding lands, and the Columbia flowing into the Pacific. The column was built by the Astor family in 1926 to commemorate the region's early history.
Since 1998, artistically-inclined fishermen and women from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest have traveled to Astoria for the Fisher Poets Gathering, where poets and singers tell their tales to honor the fishing industry and lifestyle.
Astoria is also the western terminus of the TransAmerica Trail, a bicycle touring route created by the American Cycling Association.
Astoria lies within the Marine west coast climate zone (Koppen Cfb), with very mild temperatures year-round, some of the most consistent in the continential United States; winters are mild for Astoria's latitude, generally above freezing even at night, and wet. Summers are cool, although short heat waves can occur. Rainfall is most abundant in late fall and winter, and lightest in mid-late summer. Snowfall is relatively rare but can accumulate in small amounts in winter.
Annually, there is an average of only 0.5 day with maximum temperatures of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher. There are an average of 34.3 days with minimum temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower. The record high temperature was 101 °F (38 °C) on July 1, 1942. The record low temperature was 6 °F (−14 °C) on December 8, 1972.
There are an average of 194 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1950 with 113.34 inches (2,879 mm) and the driest year was 1985 with 41.58 inches (1,056 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 36.07 inches (916 mm) in December 1933. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 5.56 inches (141 mm) on November 25, 1998. The most snowfall in one month was 26.9 inches (680 mm) in January 1950.
Astoria's Square Miles 10.6 square miles (27.5 km2)
Astoria's Population 9,477 residents
2010 Astoria Demographics:
Hispanic or Latino 9.8%
Native American 1.1%
Total Population (2010 Census) = 9,477
*Based on 2010 U.S. Census data
Astoria's Major Attractions
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Astoria Aquatic Center
Astoria Riverfront Trolley
Flavel House Museum
The Astoria Column
Important Phone Numbers in Astoria
Astoria Fire Department, 555 30th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, non-emergency number: (503) 325-4237
Astoria Police Department, 555 30th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, non-emergency number: (503) 338-6411
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office,355 Seventh Street, Astoria, OR 97103, non-emergency number: (503) 325-2061Knappa Fire District, 43114 Hillcrest Loop, Astoria, OR 97103, non-emergency number: (503) 458-6610
Seaside Police Department, 1091 S Holladay, Seaside, OR 97138, non-emergency number: (503) 738-6311
Seaside Fire Department, 150 South Lincoln Street, Seaside, OR 97138, non-emergency number: (503) 738-5420Gearhart Fire Department, 670 Pacific Way, Gearhart, OR 97138, non-emergency number: (503) 738-7838
Transportation: Royal Cab of Astoria, (503) 325-5818 or (360) 783-1818
Regal Coach Taxi of Astoria, (503) 325-8715
Old Gray Cab Astoria, (503) 338-6030
Mom's Cab LLC, (503) 325-8210
Seaside Cab Co, (503) 738-5252Arrow Taxi, (503) 738-4005Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 644 W Marine Dr. Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-6500
Astoria Automotive Rental/Hertz, 1110 Flightline Dr. Warrenton, OR 97146, (503) 325-7700
Lum's Auto Center/Toyota Rentals, 1605 SE Ensign Lane, Warrenton, OR 97146, (503) 861-1144
Sunset Empire Transportation, 900 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 861-7433
Utilities: Charter Internet, TV & Telephone, (866) 390-8783Northwest Natural Gas, 176 West Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-1632Wickiup Water District, 92648 Svensen Market Road, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 458-6555
Youngs River Lewis & Clark, 34583 Hwy 101 Business, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-4330Astoria Water Department, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 338-5172
John Day Water District, 93200 Evergreen Road, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-9680
Astoria Sewer Department, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-5824
Knappa Water Association, 92755 Allen Road, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 458-6461
Astoria City Information:
Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, 111 W Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-6311
City Hall, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-5821
Library, 450 10th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-7323
Municipal Court, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-3939
Senior Center, 1111 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-3231
Port of Astoria
Mooring Basins, (503) 325-8279
Office-1 Portway St, (503) 325-4521
West Basin Fuel Dock, (503) 325-2101
Astoria School Information:Astor Elementary School, 3550 Franklin Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-6672
Astoria District Superintendent’s & Clerk’s Office, 3196 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-6441
Astoria High School (Office), 1001 W Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-3911
Astoria Middle School, 1100 Klaskanine Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-4331
Gray Elementary School, 785 Alameda, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-6431
Lewis & Clark Elementary, 92179 Lewis & Clark Rd, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-2032
The Daily Astorian, 949 Exchange St., P O Box 210, Astoria, OR 97103, (503) 325-3211
Cannon Beach Gazette, 217 N. Hemlock St., P.O. Box 888, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, (503) 436-2812
Seaside Signal, P O Box 848, Seaside, OR 97138, (503) 738-5561
Seaside-Sun, PO Box 210, Astoria, 97301/ 140 N. Roosevelt, Seaside, OR 97138, (503) 738-0304 or 800-781-3211
The Headlight-Herald, 1908 Second Street, Tillamook, OR 97141, (503)842-7535 or 800-275-7799
The Oregonian (503) 968-3162
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