The tower was built in 1926. You can see it from just about anywhere in the Astoria area, and we just assumed it was commemorative for some reason. It turns out it was built to recognize the Astor family's contributions to the community, but was funded in part by the Great Northern Railway. It is 125 feet high and 164 steps to the top. Once you reach the top there is an observation deck that circles the tower and as I said the views are amazing. This is already one of our favorite places along the ocean and the Columbia River, and this little day trip seals the deal!
This little excursion was awesome, and we will visit it again when we are back, which is usually an annual thing.