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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Streets Made of Wood

There are a number of very impressive murals high on the walls of Builders Supply in Astoria, Oregon. This is only one of them, showing the building of Astoria's city streets when the city was made of wood. There are stories of people fishing through holes in the street; where the boards were damaged or the spaces wide enough, you could look down and see the water, so I hear. I wasn't around then. When you see this picture, it's easy to imagine how most of downtown Astoria burned to its roots in the fire of December 8, 1922. In a couple of posts, I've shown evidence of the space under the streets. By following the previous link, you can also read about the great fire. I had the above photo in my archives, and when I go back to Builders Supply, I'll learn more about the artist or artists.

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7 comments:

cieldequimper said...

It's so nice to e able to look at history like that!

cieldequimper said...

Oh... I forgot a 'b'. Sorry!

Francisca said...

What a unique mural!

Jacob said...

A great to preserve some important Astoria history!

Don and Krise said...

Much like Seattle, this probably had much to do with the fact that Astoria is built on a hill with water at the bottom. That's where Seattle's underground came from. The problems with water, sewage, etc. Great mural and post.

Elleda said...

I think Jo Lumpkin Brown did those murals at Astoria Builders Supply. She also did the back wall (outside) of Sears. http://www.jobrownpaint.com

VP said...

It seems that people can't resist courting disasters, but it was really an impressive way of building a city!

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