Astoria is named after it's founder, John Jacob Astor (see Early History below).
Lewis and Clark arrived at Tongue Point on November 27, 1805, and spent ten days at this camp while they built their winter quarters at Fort Clatsop, where they spent the next four months. Exploring Expedition, describes the beauty of the Astoria area. In point of beauty of situation, few places will vie with Astoria.
The exploring expedition sent out by the government of the United States, under command of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, erected log houses on the west bank fo the river "Netdle", at a point named by them "Fort Clatsop", where they spent the winter of 18.
Remains of some of their cabins could be seen as late as 1850, and in 1852 I walked from Clatsop plains to the place of their encampment on the same trail opened and used by them in going to and from the ocean.
The Indian name of this beautiful little river Netdle has long since been dropped, and is only known and remembered by a few of the oldest settlers.
Astoria, Oregon, is located on the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 13, just upstream of Youngs Bay, and downstream of Tongue Point.
Lewis and Clark camped in this vicinity during November and December 1805, while building their winter quarters at Fort Clatsop.
Aster sent fur traders aboard the ship Tonquin to establish a trading post which they named Fort Astoria.
Astors Pacific Fur Company was in a race with the British North West Company to reach the Columbia River and stake a claim to the fur trade in the region. By 1810 he [John Jacob Aster] decided to expand his operations from the Great Lakes region to the rich fur territory of the Northwest, and incorporated the Pacific Fur Company to do so.