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** 3/1/2009--Astoria, OR, USA..The Astoria bridge with pilings left over from salmon canneries that closed along the Columbia River. In the distance, beyond the bridge, is the Cannery Hotel, designed to look like an old cannery but with a luxury hotel...Astoria's economy centered around fishing, fish processing, and lumber. In 1945, about 30 canneries could be found along the Columbia but many have now closed...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.