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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Drive-by Astoria #3: A Finnish House

Astoria, Oregon ~ September 15, 2012
Bond Street Hill

This recently-painted house on Bond Street is in the Finnish style, lacking the Victorian elements seen in yesterday's post. Pat asked if Astoria was originally a Finnish town. Not entirely, but there were a lot of Scandinavians here working in the fishing industry - catching fish making boats, repairing nets and other equipment, and working in the canneries. Fishing was a huge enterprise here in earlier decades, and much of the tuna you ate as a kid probably came from Astoria.

We're getting higher up on Bond Street now, and the hills in the background are across the Columbia river in Washington. Those wires that are a photographer's nemesis around here are also prominent.

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Lowell said...

I have a question: If a house was Finnish why would it still have to be painted?

Heh, heh!

It's true about the Scandihoovians...a lot of my mom's relatives ended up in Washington and Oregon...they were mostly Swedes, though, with a few Norwegians thrown in for good measure.

VP said...

I hate that wires, they are everywhere...

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks so much for the information about the houses Sheryl. When I was a kid we at the tuna that came from San Pedro. My granny and a couple of her sisters worked there for years.

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