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Too Much Truffle Shuffling at the Goonies House

Thousands of people visit the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon every day, and the owner is tired of it.
Goonies house in Astoria, OR closed to the public

The Goonies house in Astoria, OR, where the adventure to find One-Eyed Willie’s treasure began in the 1985 film, has been closed to the public. More than 30 years after The Goonies hit theaters, city officials say the house still receives 1,500 visitors daily. And the owner is tired of it.

A blue tarp now covers the house, with a sign stating access is closed to the Goonies house. Another sign reads:

Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it. This driveway (maintained by homeowners) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.

Apparently the property is plagued by cigarette butts, beer bottles and urinating dogs that the owner is fed up with. When she bought the house over a decade ago, visitors were minimal. City officials credit social media buzz with the recent onslaught of fans.

Chunk does the truffle shuffle at the Goonies house in Astoria

The huge 4-day celebration for The Goonies 30th anniversary that brought $2-$3 million into the Astoria economy may also have had something to do with it.

Celebrate The Goonies 30th Anniversary in Astoria, OR

Astoria, Oregon, the town where The Goonies was filmed, is celebrating the 30th anniversary with 4 days of film location tours, treasure hunts and truffle shuffles.
Celebrate The Goonies 30th anniversary in Astoria, Oregon where it was filmed.

On the Oregon coast, the town of Oregon has served as the backdrop for many films, such as Short Circuit and Kindergarten Cop. The one that brings in visitors, however, is the 1985 cult classic The Goonies, about a group of kids searching for the lost pirate treasure of One-Eyed Willie.

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Every year Astoria celebrates Goonies Day in recognition. But this year marks the 30th anniversary of the film, so the chamber of commerce has planned 4 days of Goonies fun June 4-7, 2015.

Festivities include tours of locations used in the film, screenings of the movie, costume parties, bowling at Chunk’s Bowling Alley, treasure hunts, and a special edition Truffle Shuffle Stout on tap from Fort George Brewery.

Mikey's house from the 1980s cult film The Goonies in Astoria, Oregon
Photo: Amy Meredith/Creative Commons

Goonies sign in Astoria, Oregon
Photo: Doug Kerr/Creative Commons

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The remains of pirate One-Eyed Willie from The Goonies