"The town that put the US on the Pacific coast" Astoria by Segolily
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John Jacob Astor was in the fur business. He had competition though and knew that a physical presence on the pacific coast would go a long ways to cementing the U.S. rights there. He sent two parties of trappers to build a town at the mouth of the Columbia River. One went by land and the other by sea. The Tonoquin ship arrived first and in the summer of 1811 the crew was able to build a fort which they named after their benefactor. The ship was lost later in the summer in a fight with the natives. In the winter of 1812 most of the land party had arrived. Without a ship of their own and not having a supply ship arrive in a timely manner the fort did not last long. However it was enough to keep the territory in the hands of the US after the war of 1812.
For years the town lived on the needs of the fishing, fish processing and lumber industries. Those all declined in the late 1900's. Now light manufacturing, tourism and art keep it thriving. With a population of 10,000 Astoria is small town built on pennisula of land between the bluffs of the Columbia River and the waters of Young's Bay. With a view of the Pacific ocean at the Columbia's mouth it is a very picturesque and quaint town.
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