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The County seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, Astoria is located at the mouth of the Columbia River. It was named in honor of John Jacob Astor, famed American businessman, whose fur company founded Fort Astoria at the site where the city now stands. The American Fur Company founded the fort in 1811, and the city was incorporated in 1876. Fort Astor became the largest trading post in the region, and it became the first permanent American settlement on the Pacific coast. During the War of 1812, the company sold its assets to a Canadian company, the North West Company, and it was held by them until 1818. The famous American writer Washington Irving wrote about the Pacific Fur Compay and the importance of that part of the country in “Astoria” in 1835. In it, Irving called the west cost fur traders “the Sinbads of the wilderness.” The first post office to be established west of the Rocky Mountains was in Astoria in 1847, and in 1876, it was incorporated.

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