What is the Astoria Column
The Astoria Column is a 125-foot high structure built as a monument to acknowledge the town's important role in US history. Construction of the monument was instigated by a number of civic leaders and businessmen, including Great Northern Railroad president Ralph Budd and John Jacob Astor's great grandson, Vincent Astor. Trajan's Column in Rome was the inspiration for the monument's form. Construction of the Astoria Column was completed in 1926. Over the years weather and unfortunate preservation attempts marred the column's art. Major restoration work on the Astoria Column occurred in 1995. The inner spiral staircase was replaced in 2008.
The Views from Astoria Column and Coxcomb Hill
You can do more than just enjoy the Astoria Column's beauty; you can climb to a viewing platform at the top using a spiral staircase located inside. The column is built at the top of Coxcomb Hill, the highest point in Astoria. Whether you choose to make the rigorous climb, or not, you can still enjoy fabulous views in every direction. In addition to a magnificent view of the town, the river, and the Astoria-Megler bridge, you'll be able to see Cape Disappointment, Youngs Bay, Saddle Mountain, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Hood.
The Images on Astoria Column
Most of the images that spiral up the column focus on historical events that occurred between 1792 and 1818. As the mural spirals up the column, the story unfolds. Events depicted include:
- the explorations of Captain Robert Gray and the Columbia Rediviva
- Lewis and Clark reaching the Pacific Ocean
- the Corps of Discovery during their winter at Fort Clatsop
- the destruction of the Tonquin
- the first Astorians
- the arrival of the railroad
Facilities at the Astoria Column
The Astoria Column is part of Coxcomb Hill City Park. You'll find a parking lot, small visitor center and gift shop, restrooms, benches, and picnic tables. A donation of $1 per car is suggested.
2199 Coxcomb Drive
Astoria, OR 97103