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In One Ear: For sale: Big Red

Historic fishing industry building on the Columbia River is on the market
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 15, 2017 12:01AM

Always wanted your very own chunk of Astoria history? Here’s your shot: The Net Shed, aka Big Red, at the foot of 31st Street, is up for sale by Veronica Park Properties in Lake Oswego.

Here’s part of the sales blurb: “… Original fir timbers & plank floors, development opportunity. Currently used as individual art studios. Offered at $475,000.” The photo is courtesy of Veronica Park Properties (

Built in 1897 by the Union Fishermen’s Co-operative Packing Company, the building was a fish transfer station and a place to dry fish nets, which were pulled up from the fishing boats below. Boats were hauled up, too for repairs and maintenance. The building’s history holds fond memories for many locals.

The Net Shed’s twin, Alderbrook Station, has been saved and restored to its former glory. Will someone rescue Big Red? Stay tuned.


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