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Friday, November 20, 2009

Astor and Gray atop the Astoria Column

In what was never meant to be a week-long series on the Astoria Column, I've shown pictures of the column taken much lower down and pictures from the top, a picture of the inside stairwell, and a picture looking up into the skylight. I've even shown the door taking you from the top of the staircase landing to the breathtaking viewing platform. Here is a picture of the top while standing on the platform that wraps around the column's top. The four names that were deemed important enough to place around the circumference were Robert Gray (the European credited with first sailing into the Columbia River), John Jacob Astor (who was never here, but whose fur trading company made a whale of an impact), William Clark and Merriwether Lewis (who spent a cold, wet winter at the end of the Lewis and Clark trail in 1805-1806). (Yes, Ciel, I have hundreds of posts just waiting for you.) Are we done with the Column yet? Time will tell.

8 comments:

brattcat said...

This is a really powerful shot, Sheryl.

Jacob said...

Wonderful composition what with that blue sky! You have such a rich history in Astoria; I find it all very fascinating. This was a great series!

Don and Krise said...

A perfect ending to a wonderful series. Welcome home Sheryl.

cieldequimper said...

Cool, meet you in a year, lol!
This is a very nice graphic shot, I like the lettering and yessss, I've learned something today! Robert Gray I had never heard of!
As for Flavours... we'll see where it goes, if you bear with us!

Lee Spangler said...

I know what's coming up and I can't wait!

Vogon Poet said...

About the names on the column top I knew three out four.
Something is cooking up here, there and everywhere...

Small City Scenes said...

Sheryl, this has been a wonderful series---thanks for the tour. MB

Stine in Ontario said...

I just went back to read the entire series. The tower is a treasure!

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