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Astoria Column

Identification

Astoria Column
212860

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Structure in General

monument
existing [completed]

Usages

commemoration

Facts

  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
  • An estimated 400,000 visitors visit the column on an annual basis.
  • Sketched into the cement around the column for 525 feet are scenes depicting historical events which occurred throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Named in honor of John Jacob Astor, whose great-grandson Vincent Astor paid for the construction of the column in conjunction with the Great Northern Railroad.
  • As a part its most recent restoration, the column underwent seismic upgrades and the addition of floodlights to illuminate the structure at night.
  • Litchfield's primary inspiration for its construction came from the Colonna Traiana in Rome.
  • Visitors who climb the 164 spiraling steps are rewarded with spectacular views of both the Astoria and the Columbia rivers.
  • The volcanic cone of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state can be seen from the top.
  • World's only large piece of memorial architecture made of reinforced concrete with a pictorial frieze in sgraffito technique.

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Location

One Coxcomb Drive, Coxcomb Hill
97103
Astoria
Oregon
U.S.A.

Technical Data

125.00 ft
125.00 ft
8
1926
2004
$27,134

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