Poised at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria has seen and made a lot of history. This year the city celebrates its bicentennial, marking 200 years of importance — not just to Oregon but to the country as a whole.
These four Astoria residents offer an introduction to the historic character of this misty port town and the countless stories that await visitors. Perhaps no one in Astoria has more to say about its significance than Mac Burns, the executive director of the Clatsop Country Historical Society and the Oregon Film Museum. His enthusiasm and insight alone make both sites worth visiting. Burns tells the captivating tale of Astoria’s discovery, founding, and role in early American history.