Hard on the heels of Lewis and Clark came John Jacob Astor with his fur trading company, establishing the first American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1811. My, how the last 200 years have flown! Don a coonskin cap and slip back into frontier times all summer long at Astoria’s bicentennial celebration.

The action kicks into full gear on opening weekend, May 19-22, with a reenactment of settlers getting a first glimpse of local tribes in ceremonial canoes. Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will offer special battle tours to show off their guns along with more family-friendly trips. Ashore, a special founding-of-Astoria exhibit begins a six-month run at the Heritage Museum. There will also be shows from local tribal dancers and drummers at the historic Liberty Theater, Taiko drummers and Dragon dancer street performances, and two displays of rare Northwest and Columbia River art. If you are around on Saturday morning, May 21, grab a piece of celebratory cake with Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen, whose family history in Astoria stretches back through the last two centuries.

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  1. Al Pastars says…

    Going to be there on the Island Princess May 16 so will miss the hoopla. Sounds like it will be fun.

    Written on April 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Al Walvoord says…

    Whatever happened to Fort Clatsop after those damned vandals burned it down? Did we rebuild it?

    We were there 5 or 6 years ago and I was very impressed with the Fort and greatly admired the whole region. My wife loved Astoria.

    Written on April 6th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Kathy Freeborn West Grove PA says…

    we will be arriving for a vacation on May 19th!!!! How exciting! Look forward to visiting your lovely Astoria

    Written on April 7th, 2011 / Flag this Comment

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