prominently in the film, the "Goonies"
house in Astoria, Ore., sometimes attracts 1,000
visitors a day in the summer. It is not open for
Ore. — Children of the 1980s grew up wishing they, too,
could be one of the "Goonies," the
treasure-hunting teens in the 1985 movie hit executive
produced by Steven Spielberg.
sleepy Astoria, at the Northwest-most tip of Oregon,
grown-up "Goonies" wannabes can fulfill their
dreams, at least a little, by visiting locations where the
movie was filmed.
remains a hub for "Goonies" fandom, especially
when the town celebrates the film’s 30th anniversary
with a "Goonies" gathering June 4-7.
far none of the film’s major stars has committed to
returning for this year’s "Goonies" goings-on,
which will include a block party, a trivia night and the
already sold- out "Sailing With Sloth," a river
cruise with Randell Widner, the stunt double for John
Matuszak, who played the "Goonies" character
outside the "Goonies" festival, interest in the
film is in full force year-round. Last Labor Day weekend,
Dylan Reel of Portland, Ore., and David Zorob of Peoria,
Ill., made the trek to Astoria for one primary reason:
"We mostly came to check out the ‘Goonies’
house," Reel said while standing in front of the home
at 368 38th St., a neighborhood known in the movie as
"The Goondocks." " ‘Goonies’ is one of
my favorite movies of all time, and the house looks just
like it did in the movie."
Preston bought the "Goonies" house in 2001 when
it was in foreclosure. Knowing it was the "Goonies"
house had sentimental value: Her children were teenagers
when the movie was released, and it became a family
not many tourists came to see The Goondocks, but after the
20th anniversary "Goonies" reunion in 2005 that
changed and the number of visitors steadily increased.
as many as 1,000 people per day in the summer walk up the
gravel drive, off a paved road, that serves as the entry
to several homes, including Preston’s famous house.
I enjoy meeting new people, it’s become very difficult
to live here," Preston said, citing the hassles of
owning a piece of pop culture history. Her neighbors are
frustrated with foot and vehicle traffic. "People
walk up the driveway and stand in the middle of the access
road or driveway and refuse to move when a resident needs
to drive up or down."
have also been seen urinating in her yard or neighbors’
yards, and visitors often leave trash behind. But there
have been some enjoyable moments, too.
endearing was a woman whose son had died, and ‘The
Goonies’ was his favorite movie. She had brought his
ashes to Oregon," Preston recalled. "I asked if
she wanted to scatter some in the garden, which was in
full bloom, so she and her family did that. It was so
sweet. I read online that another person did that, in the
middle of the night, without asking for permission. Oh,
well, part of owning this house, I guess."
has played a role in movies beyond "The Goonies,"
though that film seems to garner the most attention.
Schwarzenegger’s 1990 comedy "Kindergarten
Cop" filmed at Astor School (3550 Franklin St.). The
home of the boy who sought to "Free Willy" is
located at 3392 Harrison Ave. And the house featured in
1985’s "Short Circuit" is at 197 Hume Ave.
Astoria Column has been seen in multiple movies, including
1992’s "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III." The
164-step tower was a gift from a descendant of fur trader
and investor John Jacob Astor, the town’s namesake, and
was dedicated in 1926,
to these ’80s and ’90s flicks can be found at Astoria’s
tiny Oregon Film Museum, housed on the first floor of the
former Clatsop County Jail that was featured in the jail
break scene at the beginning of "The Goonies."
from these movies — "The Goonies" more than
any other title — can be found inside the three-gallery
museum, which also gives visitors the opportunity to
record themselves re-enacting scenes from filmed-in-Oregon
productions "The Goonies," "Kindergarten
Cop" and "Twilight." Scenes are recorded
and e-mailed to you a few weeks later.
1980s classic, "Stand By Me," was filmed
partially in another part of Oregon: Brownsville, about
three hours by car southwest of Astoria. Brownsville
remembers "Stand by Me" every year and the 2015
celebration is slated for July 23. Details at http://historicbrownsville.com.)
course, Astoria has plenty to offer beyond movie
farmers market takes over the streets of Downtown, 10
a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday May through October.
Flavel House Museum, at the corner of Eighth and Duane
streets, offers a trip back in time to the Victorian
period with a tour of this 1885 Queen Anne Victorian home
that features an original Eastlake-style woodwork
1913 trolley carries visitors along the Astoria
riverfront. "It’s the oldest operating trolley in
the nation as far as we know," said motorman Bob
Westerberg during a trip between cannery buildings and
past honking sea lions.
is quick with a quip, commenting on the cost of upkeep for
the 100-year-old Victorian homes perched on the Astoria
hillside, looking down on the city center and the Columbia
River: "Hear that swishing sound? It’s all the
money being dumped into those Victorians."
trolley travels past and has a stop at the Columbia River
Maritime Museum, which collects and displays maritime
artifacts from the Columbia River and the Pacific
Northwest, including the lightship Columbia and the pilot
be prepared to twiddle your thumbs or curl up with a book
in the evening: Astoria rolls up and goes to sleep early.
Even the ice cream stand Custard King closes most days at
Fish & Chips, essentially a food cart housed in an old
bowpicker boat at the corner of 17th and Duane streets, is
open Wednesday through Sunday and closes most days at 6
— unless it runs out of fish before then (follow it on
Twitter for updated hours at @bowpicker).
history buffs and beachcombers, two attractions are a
must: Fort Clatsop, part of the Lewis and Clark National
Historical Park, and Fort Steven State Park.
Fort Clatsop, the encampment of the Lewis and Clark
Expedition near the mouth of the Columbia River during the
winter of 1805-06, visitors can see a replica of the fort
that served as the winter home for the Corps of Discovery
team before its return trip east. (Across the Columbia
River in Washington, Cape Disappointment is home to the
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and a lighthouse that
is often open for tours.)
nearby Fort Stevens, the beach beckons, but visitors may
be more drawn to the skeleton of a ship than the Pacific
rusting, century-old shipwreck of the Peter Iredale still
juts out of the sand, making for a unique beach photo. The
four-masted, steel baroque ship ran aground in 1906 and
has been slowly disintegrating ever since.
over the sand dunes to come upon this wreckage is not
quite as dramatic as the final scene in "Goonies"
when the pirate ship sails away, but the Iredale skeleton
is a "Goonies"-esque, suitable substitute.
locations: Details on spotting "Goonies"
locations and on the upcoming 30th anniversary celebration
can be found at www.thegoondocks.org or at
Film Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May-September; 11 a.m.-4
p.m. October-April. Cost: $6 adults, $2 children 6-17.
Details: www.oregonfilmmuseum.org or 1-503-325-2203.
Riverfront Trolley: Details on the trolley, including
updated schedules, can be found at www.old300.org/.
Column: Open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
weekends. Cost: $2 for parking. Details: http://astoriacolumn.org
River Maritime Museum: Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Cost:
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children 6-17. Details: /www.crmm.org
Clatsop: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the winter; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
June 22-Sept. 8. Cost $3 per person (good for seven days)
for visitors ages 16 and older. Details: www.nps.gov/lewi/planyourvisit/fortclatsop.htm
Stevens State Park: $5 day use fee. Details: http://visitftstevens.com