Astoria, Oregon: Site of First Cable Television

Leroy "Ed" Parsons created cable TV in 1949 when he ran a cable from the highest antenna in Astoria to his apartment, and then later patched in his eager neighbors. The monument was rebuilt for the 2005 restoration of the Astoria Column.

Address:
1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR
Directions:
The monument is at the east edge of the plaza that surrounds the base of the Astoria Column. From US Hwy 30 turn uphill on 16th St. to Jerome Ave., right to 15th St., left on Coxcomb Drive to column. Small parking fee.
Hours:
Dawn-dusk (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
503-325-2963
Admission:
$5 parking fee.
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Marker noting the first cable television.

Site of First Cable Television

Monument marks the site of first cable television in United States.

[Susan Sealy, 10/19/2012]

Leroy "Ed" Parsons created cable TV in 1949 when he ran a cable from the highest antenna in Astoria to his apartment, and then later patched in his eager neighbors. The monument was rebuilt for the 2005 restoration of the Astoria Column.


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