Just don’t


Astoria Library Director Jimmy Pierce gave Mayor Arline LaMear a newspaper clipping about 1876 Astoria ordinances. Here are a few:

Wagon speed was topped at six miles an hour, or four over “piled or bent work roadway.” There were curfews (minors, 8 p.m.; adults, midnight), and begging on the streets was not permitted at any time.

You couldn’t split wood on the sidewalk, or cut wood on Sunday, or smoke opium, or swim in the river between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. without a bathing suit. It was also illegal not to destroy caterpillars or thistles on private land.

Boats could not be tied to roadways (which were built over the river and consisted of planks on piers), and you had to have a permit to put a privy under a sidewalk (also built over the river). It was probably best to just stay home and count caterpillars.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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