Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Astoria is older than the rest of us
The Astoria chamber of commerce has invited us to attend their annual dinner later this month. It was quite an affair last time we attended, which was a few years back, and I'd like to do it again. It's important for Oregon Coast Magazine to be part of affairs like this.
One of the things about Astoria is that you're reminded of how much older Astoria is than anywhere else on the Oregon Coast. I don't remember exactly, but I think the last dinner we attended was something like the 125th annual. We're down here in Florence and there hasn't even been a city here for that long. Florence has something it calls Old Town Florence, which consists mostly of building designed to look old and a couple that are from the first decade of the 20th century.
Actually, Astoria doesn't have that much really old stuff in its downtown, most of which burned down 80 years ago. The Liberty Theater looks really old, but it's really just a late Vaudeville theater that was converted to movies.
Pardon my impertinence, but, regarding Astoria, isn't Port Orford the oldest community on the Oregon coast?