Astoria is the oldest permanent settlement on the Pacific coast and had the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria is named after John Jacob Astor who was America’s first multi millionaire and whose fur company founded Fort Astoria in 1811. Both Astoria, OR and Astoria, NY are named after John Jacob Astor.
Today, Astoria has become a vibrant town fueled by small businesses & tourism. The town is rooted in logging & fishing industries in addition to port activities. Bordered by the Columbia River, much of Astoria offers views of the expansive river and into Washington State. Some of the western portions of the city even offer a glimpse of the Columbia River Bar Crossing with the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The Astoria-Megler Bridge crosses the Columbia River and into Washington.
Astoria has a maritime climate with rare highs in the summer around 90 and lows in the winter of around 30. Average temperature is 51.25 degrees, with an average rainfall of 67.2 inches per year according to U.S. Climate Data
Astoria hosts many small business owners. You can find wonderfully unique and eclectic shops downtown. For example, Gimre’s Shoes was founded in 1892 and still operated by the founding family.
There are over 40 restaurants to dine at in Astoria. Many are locally owned and award winning establishments. Buoy Beer, Rouge Ales, Astoria Brewing, and Fort George are just some of the local restaurant and brewing companies in Astoria.
For additional information about Astoria and it’s business opportunities visit the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce website here.
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