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This Town In Oregon Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The 1880s

The little coastal town of Astoria sits right at the spot where the mighty Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The port town became an important site for salmon fishing and canning in the late 19th-century. It also became one of the most dangerous places to work in America.

Though fishing continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, in Astoria, 1880 it was about as bad as you can imagine. For more information about the history of salmon fishing in Astoria, take a look at this article by Finn J.D. John in Offbeat Oregon History.

If you’re interested in seeing more photos depicting Oregon’s history, take a look at this article with photos taken during the Great Depression.

Catherine Armstrong
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.