Article submitted by Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce)
Love movie trivia? The Historic Oregon Film Trail, designed to showcase iconic set locations in the state, will be dedicated on Jan. 10, at 12 noon, at Alameda Park in Astoria (intersection of Melbourne and Alameda streets.) Signs marking the scenic spots will feature facts and anecdotes from the “The Goonies,” “Kindergarten Cop” and “Short Circuit” – films shot on Oregon’s North Coast.
One sign in particular has been positioned at the East End Mooring Basin near the Astoria Riverfront Trail to give an alternative view of the “Goonies House” in an
effort to eliminate trespassing on the hill of the privately owned residence.
“Goonies” fans, it turns out, never say die, or no, to a photo opportunity. While the sign signifies a location for that viewpoint, the sign copy shares information about
the nearby Astor Elementary School which was featured in Kindergarten Cop.
The lesser-known Alameda Park offers a great viewpoint of the Astoria-Megler Bridge and it is the topic of the Short Circuit sign located there.
The sign for The Goonies is located by the Oregon Film Museum and speaks to it and the Flavel House’s roles in
“Historical markers are typically about famous people and events. Movies filmed here are also an important part of Oregon’s history and culture, so ours offer a twist
on that convention. The new signs will provide an interesting insight into this history to passersby while acting as a beacon to visitors seeking out film locations
and stories,” said Tim Williams. “Placed at photo-worthy locations, we hope the
signs will encourage fans to learn more and share about our state’s film destinations.”
Oregon Film, in partnership with the OregonMade Creative Foundation, created the Historic Oregon Film Trail featuring signage located at strategic points around the
state. Showing Oregon’s unique and varied locations ? from the coast to the desert ? new markers will be rolled out one location at a time to reinforce the correlation
between the film/TV industry, economic development, and tourism.
Development of a Digital Trail Map is underway.
The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Film Office developed the initial concept and identified the Astoria movie locations in partnership with the Oregon Film Museum.
Oregon Coast Visitors Association provided additional funding for the signs.