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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bronze Map at the Astoria Column

Bronze Relief Map at the Astoria Column May 13, 2010

One of the things you can do at the Astoria Column is to study the bronze relief map on the walkway leading do the column. The text on the map gives interesting notations, such as how far it is to this place or that. From this angle, looking north, we're seeing at the Columbia River and the hills of Washington in the background. You can barely see the Washington side of the bridge on the left. The map tells us that the base of the column is 595 feet above sea level.

Bronze Relief Map at the Astoria Column From the opposite direction, in the background we can see Saddle Mountain on the left, and Young's River emptying into Young's Bay. Saddle Mountain is 17 miles away, according to the map.

Bronze Relief Map at the Astoria ColumnThis bronze map was donated to the City of Astoria by the Angora Hiking Club in 1966. Some pathetic vandal has chiseled off part of the word "donated." Fortunately, that's a relatively rare occurrence around here.

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7 comments:

Clytie said...

I love how you've shown each map with the background it depicts!

Too bad the bottom one has been vandalized. All for the sake of a few stolen dollars, I'm sure.

cieldequimper said...

I love these orientation maps, this one is perfect as it seems to show altitudes as well. Was this before or after going up?!!! ;-)

Nori said...

good pictures!
each country has each history and story...and
we can understand how you really love your country.
it make us warm, sheryl!

Don and Krise said...

How cool, and donated by a hiking club too. That's great.

VP said...

We easily outvandal almost every place on Earth!

B SQUARED said...

I don't understand the mindset.

Hood Photo Blog said...

Whenever I visit the Astoria Column, I giggle to myself that the tip of the hill that the column itself sits on in the map is rubbed clean from everyone touching it. It certinly stands out!

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