Check Out – The Oregon Coast – Part 1
Pirates & Goonies
Astoria was the setting for multiple movies; The Goonies (1985), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Free Willey (1993), Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), and Into the Wild (2007) to name a few.
The Astoria-Megler Bridge
The Astoria-Megler Bridge spans the Columbia River and links the Oregon and Washington sections of the Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101). The bridge is the longest continuous three-span through-truss bridge in the world. Amazing Feat of Engineering!
I cannot imagine being a settler in Astoria trying to travel across the mouth of the Columbia River by canoe! No Thank You! The 1st commercial ferry service did not arrive until 1921. Then construction began in 1962 of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
- 1,356 days after construction began, the bridge was ready for its dedication on August 27, 1966.
- There would be a toll gate to help pay for the bridge. aka “The Bridge to Nowhere”
- 1st year – 206, 216 vehicles crossed the bridge.
- By 1993, more than 1.6 millions vehicles a year were crossing the bridge and the toll was removed on December 24, 1993.
- Today about 6,000 cars a day cross the bridge! aka “Bridge to the World”
The Astoria Column
The Astoria Column is a tower overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River on Coxcomb Hill. The Astoria Column was built in 1926 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The 125-foot column has a 164-step spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck at the top.
- The tower was built in 1926 with financing by the Great Northern Railway and Vincent Astor, the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, in commemoration of the city’s role in the family’s business history.
- The first Community Antenna Television (CATV) System in the U.S. was built in 1949 utilizing the column.
- The spiral sgrafitto frieze on the exterior of the structure was painted by Electus D. Litchfield and Attilio Pusterla, the mural shows 14 significant events in the early history of Oregon with a focus on Astoria’s role including Captain Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River in 1792 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
- At the top of the column is a replica of the State Seal of Oregon.
Fort George is hip and happening, has a great vibe and great brews and the staff is friendly and knows the brews!
- Fort George Quick Wit; citrusy, floral, spice, smooth not bitter – Belgian Style ale with wheat
- Fort George Vortex IPA; “designed to not rip the taste buds off your tongue”
- Fort George Working Girl Porter; brewed with the addition of over 5 lbs of Working Girl coffee beans and chocolate – needed a major chocolate sweet treat to have with this porter.
- Fort George Cavatica Stout; bold, black and leaves you wanting MORE! There are spiders on the can (the name honors the brewer’s affinity with arachnia). “This beer will stain your clothes.”
Mr. Craves had the Vortex IPA and I had the Working Girl Porter. Earlier at lunch in Long Beach, Washington we both had the Cavatica Stout and wanted to check out the brewery in Astoria, Oregon. Took a 4-pack of cans to go too; (1) Quick Wit, (1) Vortex IPA and (2) of the Cavatica Stout.
Fort George’s Vortex IPA came about during the cross-country truck trip the brewery made to find its home in Astoria it was nearly scattered to the cornfields of Nebraska by a tornado!
So Excited to Attend OBF in Portland for the Very 1st Time!!!
Your Brew is Served in a Mason Jar – Jelly Jars are offered too!
Stopped by Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing Company for a Brew and Sweet Treat! Both of us had the Poop Deck Porter (name still makes me chuckle) and shared a (made fresh) Marionberry Cobbler with Oregon marionberries (have to try one or more of these berries – YUM!) and vanilla ice cream. The porter was dark and had notes of chocolate with a little something, something in the finish. If not in public, probably would have licked the cobbler dish clean.
Stopped in to check it out and pick up a t-shirt for a buddy.
One BIG Can of Shrimp!
The Funny and The Silly
Love that the Artist included the Egg!
(Photos by RSheridan)