Astoria Column

tall tower with clouds in the sky
Standing tall, 600 feet above sea level, the Astoria Column provides unequaled views of the Columbia River, the Coast Range, Young’s Bay, the city of Astoria, and the Pacific Ocean.

Dedicated in 1926, the Column features a hand-painted spiral frieze that celebrates three historic events: the discovery of the Columbia River by Captain Robert Gray, the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the arrival of the ship Tonquin. The artwork was created by immigrant artist Attilio Pusterla – who, with a team of workers, completed the work in approximately 120 days.
upclose photograph of tower with artwork
It’s estimated more than 400,000 people visit and climb the column, making it one of the most visited parks in Oregon and one of Astoria’s greatest attractions.

The Column was restored in 2015, which included cleaning the exterior surface, stabilizing cracks, delamination, architectural repairs, and structural evaluations and inspections. The spiral artwork was most recently restored in 1995, and the Columns spiral staircase to the top viewing platform was replaced in 2008.
view looking down over a harbor

Photos:  Friends of Astoria Column and NPS

There is no cost to visit the park or to enter the Column. However, parking is $5 per vehicle. The Column is open dawn to dusk.

For more details about the Astoria Column, visit:

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Last updated: January 29, 2019