Rusty House Owner, Cold Water Surf and Skate • Astoria, OR My wife and I have lived here 11 years; we moved here in 2005 from St. Louis. I was changing jobs. My wife wasn’t terribly interested in the Portland area. She asked, “Hey, can we live on the coast?” I said, “Sure.” We looked from Newport to Astoria, and we liked here best. It’s the combination of a blue-collar town and a place to work and live. We made that choice and never regretted it.
Remembering the glory days of fishing on the Columbia
Sitting on pilings 50 yards out into the river, “Big Red,” the Union Fishermen’s Cooperative Packing Co.’s net loft, was built in 1897 and used by the fishing and marine industry for 90 years. It primarily served as a transfer station for fish and a drying structure for wet nets.