Unique and Historic Places
Ocean View Cemetery:
The City of Astoria opened Ocean View Cemetery in 1898 with 100 acres of
land, 50 of which have been developed. This site, with its serene lake views, is the
final resting place of more than 16,000 people and a perfect habitat for local wildlife.
The Avenue of the Flags graces the cemetery for Memorial Day. Loved ones can
arrange for power-washing of head stones and flower purchases for holidays.
The City of Astoria and Warrenton have deep, rich history. Ocean View
Cemetery maintained by Astoria Parks & Recreation is one of many historic
resources that preserve our culture and heritage. Our maintenance team takes
great pride in providing a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. For information about
visiting our cemetery, or inquiries regarding burials and services, or for comments
and suggestions, please contact Phil Elkins at 503.861.1332 or Terra Patterson at
Astoria Pioneer Cemetery:
Astoria Pioneer Cemetery was deeded by James Welch to Astoria on April
22, 1865. By 1891, 498 burials were recorded. There were also numerous
unlisted interments. Bodies from abandoned cemeteries were brought here.
Many graves and markers were later removed by the families. Use of the
cemetery was discontinued around 1900. Located at 14th and Madison.
Maritime Memorial Park:
Let us help you remember a recently departed loved one. Reserve the
Memorial Park for a service and put your loved one on the Maritime Memorial
Wall. (Fee includes the cost of a standard graphic.) $400.00
Youngs River Falls:
A wonderful spot to enjoy good weather, fun trails and a 45 foot waterfall.
(Located 8 miles South of Astoria on Youngs River Loop Rd. off of Hwy. 202)
Come rent a plot in our Community Garden at Gray School. Plots are 40
square feet (4’X 10’). The Gray School Community Garden is an organic garden.
Gardeners are responsible for tilling, cultivating, weeding, fertilizing, watering,
end of season clean up, and all other care of their plots. $25 a year
Completed in 1926, the Column is a monumental piece of Astoria’s history.
Located at the top of Coxcomb Hill, the Column stretches upwards 125 feet,
with 164 spiral steps to reach the viewing deck. Being a destination for visitors
and locals alike, views from the Column are breathtaking, and like none other on
the Oregon Coast; the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Columbia River to the
North. Parking Fee: $2
Garden of Surging Waves:
The newest addition to unique places in Astoria, is the Garden of Surging
Waves, also the city of Astoria’s Bicentennial Legacy gift. The park spans a
majority of one city block that is bordered by 10th st. to the West, Duane St.
to the North, 12th st. to the east, and Exchange st. to the south. It is a unique
park commemorating the culture, challenges and contributions of Chinese
immigrants to Astoria and to the Pacific Northwest. This park has been a long
time vision of many passionate community members, eager to share Astoria’s
distinguished Chinese history.