Astoria, Oregon, After the 1883 Fire


Astoria, Oregon, After the 1883 Fire

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Two major fires have occurred in Astoria, in 1883 and 1922. This photo shows the aftermath of the earlier 1883 fire. This fire started in the Clatsop Mill, at what is now 13th and Exchange Street. Built along the shore with planer shavings and trash discarded below it, it was an "accident waiting to happen". At that time, all of downtown Astoria was built on pilings, with no fire hydrants or even buckets available. By the time it was extinguished, this fire had destroyed all the structures on Commercial Street between 14th and 17th. Damage totaled $2 million. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0573
Photographer Unknown
Location Astoria, Oregon Coast, Clatsop County
Subject Fire Fighting, Town Views
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.8 x 8.1 inches
Photographer's Number No