Mary and Sam have adventures along the Columbia


September 1, 2022

Justin Johnson / File photo

The Astoria-Megler Bridge as seen from Astoria, Oregon in 2019.

In 1948, the Astoria Bridge didn't exist and Mary had to take a ferry to cross the Columbia River. The bridge opened in 1966 and is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. It is a little over 4 miles long. It was also the final segment of U.S. Highway 101 between Olympia and Los Angeles. She writes about it being windy on the Columbia River and it does get very windy daily. Three boats capsized one day because of the wind. My family lost my oldest brother due to his boat capsizing. The story about the big ship running aground was interesting. The Columbia River is not that dee...

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