Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Astoria Bridge to Oysterville, WA -- LOTS of Oysters
Traveling on the Washington side of the bridge, we came across several small towns near the resort town of Long Beach, where we had a great seafood lunch. Every town has its own marina with many working boats being in evidence.
There are many small businesses focusing on the ocean, including this one, the Jolly Roger Oyster company. We noted that they sell only to commercial users, such as restaurants, and we wondered how many oysters they process.
Obviously, oysters are big in this area! Hence, the town of Oysterville! Founded in 1854, oyster farming was its main focus in the past and remains so today. With a name like this, we had to check it out.
This street sign kind of sums up the area around town. This is Main Street, and as you can see, there is not much hustle and bustle. We learned that in the 1860 - 80 period, the town was thriving, but a promised railroad expansion never occurred and as a result, the county seat operation located in Oysterville was moved to South Bend, WA.