The 100 miles down the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon to Astoria, Oregon and thence 18 miles south to Seaside, Oregon are spanned by the Astoria-Seaside Branch of the S. P. & S. Ry. Seaside, on the Pacific Ocean, is the western teminus of the S. P. & S. Ry. Many lumber mills are found on this branch over which only freight travels. Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River, is the oldest American settlement on the Pacific Coast. It was founded by John Jacob Astor in 1811. Extensive ocean terminal and rail facilities are found here. Lumber, commercial fishing, salmon canneries and shipping activities mark the long Astoria harbor line.

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