A Walking Tour of Portland's Sinful, Haunted Past: Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery
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As a nexus for labor and shipping in the Pacific Northwest, Portland often had the repute of a rugged, rough and tumble town, more than willing to allow the miners, loggers, and fishermen an opportunity to part with their hard earned cash in whatever debaucherous manner they chose. In addition to the shanghaiers and con men, always on the prowl, saloons, gambling halls and bordellos also thrived in "Whitechapel," "The North End," or Old Town, as we know it today. Some of these storied establishments have come and gone, but others have survived, and many say that Portland, or "Strip City," still has that vulgar and rugged reputation to this day. And as we all know, Portland's storied past is rife with hauntings!
Join Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin as we visit locations of famous (and spooky) saloons, bars and bordellos, card rooms and gambling dens, some of which are still in operation today! The tour will meet at Floyd's Coffee at 118 SW Couch St. Feel free to arrive early and have a coffee! The tour will "end" outside of Mary's Club, one of Portland's most hallowed strip clubs*. At the conclusion of the tour, you can join Doug inside for an adult beverage!
Doug Kenck-Crispin is the Ribald Resident Historian from www.orhistory.com. He is the co-producer of the bi-weekly podcast series Kick Ass Oregon History. Doug has been featured in the Portland Mercury, The Oregonian, Portland Monthly and OPB's Oregon Experience. He has a BA in History, and is nearing completion of his MA in Public History, with an emphasis on the History of the Pacific Northwest (Portland State University). A lifelong resident of the region, Doug enjoys a good yarn the more bizarre and unbecoming the better especially when they are true!
*This tour is best suited for those 21+
Floyd's Coffee (View)
118 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR 97209
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|