- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - The Clatsop County Historical Society is planning to celebrate the Astoria Bridge’s 50th anniversary in August.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/lzX4IR ) that the Astoria City Council has approved $9,500 for the celebration and the Astoria Regatta and the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce are expected to help with planning.

Executive Director McAndrew Burns is planning to recreate a ribbon-cutting dedication that was held on Aug. 27, 1966, likely during the regatta weekend.

Organizers are hoping for a reunion of some of the workers who built the bridge, an engineering day for local schools and a series of lectures, slide shows and movies.

The 4.1-mile bridge connects Oregon and Washington and replaced ferries as means across the water. The $24 million bridge was paid off by tolls that were lifted in 1993.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com


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