The Astoria Column, an Oregon landmark, has reopened to the public after being closed for the past year. That's good news for Astoria visitors, who can once again enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the mouth of the Columbia River, the Pacific Ocean and Youngs Bay amid a backdrop of forest and mountains.
Dating back to 1926, the 125-foot-high column is perched 600 feet above sea level on Coxcomb Hill, the highest point in Astoria. Visitors can climb 164 stairs up to the viewing deck at the top.
During the renovation, a crane lifted off the top of the column, extracted the original staircase and carefully replaced it with a new set.
City officials plan to host a grand opening celebration on Aug. 15, following the Astoria Regatta’s Grand Land Parade.