Vice & Virtue
The Astoria of the mid to late-nineteenth century was a frontier seaport and a land of contrasts and contradictions. The booms in both the fishing and timber industries created great wealth for some Astorians while also swelling the city’s ranks with a transient population of laborers. Brothels, saloons, and gambling halls dotted the waterfront, while Astoria’s elite looked down the hill in dismay. Vice & Virtue explores these early tensions through historic photos, artifacts from the era, and a recreated saloon.