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Astoria and Vicinity

Clinging to the slopes of a narrow peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River, Astoria is the oldest permanent settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. It began as a small fortified trading post that acted as hub for commerce between the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Asia. The picturesque town still plays this role as huge ocean-going ships loaded with lumber and supplies, fishing boats and passenger liners cruise by every hour of every day. Astoria is also home to a U.S. Coast Guard station and other facilities that assist ships with navigating the often treacherous Columbia River Bar.

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