On our trip southward we were on the Lewis and Clark Trail
Merriweather Lewis and William Clark headed the first overland expedition across the United States to the Pacific Coast. They reached the mouth of the Columbia River in 1805.
Fort Astoria was established in 1810 by the American Fur Company, owned by John Jacob Astor. Though the settlement was named for him, he himself apparently never did visit the area.
The port is now a popular stop for cruise ships, and in fact we were here a few years ago when on a cruise headed for the Panama Canal.
An old city, we see much of the architecture of the 1800s:
Towering above the city is Astoria Column:
We visited nearby Fort Stevens military site, which is a ghost town with remnants of its former glory:
It’s amazing that apparently no hands were lost.
We stayed an extra two days to see more of the sights in the area – more to come!!! Peg