First photo is taken from the top of the Astoria Column which is 164 steps straight up and has some magnificant views of all of Astoria. This will give you a good visual of the town. Most of the houses in and around Astoria date to either pre 1922 or after 1922 when a fire broke out and burnt to the ground 28 square blocks in the downtown area. Most houses in Astoria are in the Victorian style. There really isn't any new housing structures which I love about Astoria because it felt like taking a step back in time. The only new houses we saw were on the outskirts of town.
Here's a close up of what the fronts of the houses looks like...
The harbor if filled with green sticks known as pillons sticking up which once had canneries and buildings on top of them...
I can only imagine what stood on these pieces of wood back in the 20's when Astoria was a huge fishing and cannery town.
One of the famous landmarks of downtown Astoria is the Flavel House which was built by a wealthy Sand Bar Captain who sailed the Columbia River.
and finally ships on the Columbia River, there are two captains to each vessel. One who steers the Columbia River and the other to navigate out to sea due to the dangerous terrain that is the Sand Bar where the River meets the Ocean. Over 40 vessels have been lost on the Columbia Sand Bar.
So I hope this helps you all. Its a very quaint town and if you ever get the chance to go there do!