Astoria, critical Pacific seaport


This 1890 “bird’s-eye view” of Astoria, Oregon, by B.W. Pierce, is a colorful, if somewhat fanciful, plan of the Pacific Northwest seaport. Details such as the busy port, well-planned streets, and insets showing fine homes and flourishing businesses conveyed a message of social and economic progress.

National Archives, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers