Win Tickets ($36): Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past | Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick A** Oregon History

We are giving away a pair of tickets to A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past with Doug Kenck-Crispin on Saturday, December 7, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 2.

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Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
December 7 & 14
4 p.m. | $18 | 21+
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Thirsty Lion
71 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
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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.

Join Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin as we visit locations of famous saloons, bars and bordellos, card rooms and gambling dens, some of which are still in operation today! The tour will meet at Thirsty Lion Pub. Feel free to stop by early for a pint and grub! 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 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!

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54 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past | Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick A** Oregon History

  1. Renata November 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I am a huge fan of the Oregon Historical Society and the events and lectures they put on. Would love to attend this one!

  2. dawn November 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    The husband would love a tour like this.

  3. Joshua Jabbour November 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Oh yeah! Being new to Portland, I need a crash course in its lecherous past.

  4. kristin November 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I would love to take my brother who is a history buff.

  5. Laurie November 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I would love to see all the cool history!

  6. Chris November 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    There is nothing more perfect in heaven and earth than skulduggery,

  7. Lauren November 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    I would love to take my (new) fiance’ on this tour…he’s from Eugene and he’d love to learn about seedy sl*tty Portland!

  8. Jessina Murphy November 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I am a history nerd and just moved to the area. I would love to get to know the “seedy-side” of historical Portland!!

  9. Mandy November 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    My husband just finished a huge research project about Shanghaiing in Portland! This would be sooo cool to take him.I’m a huge Portland history buff as well. Thanks!

  10. KaylaMarie November 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    I am new to the Portland area, an what better way to get to know this awesomely weird town, than a tour or it’s historically sinful past?

  11. jennifer November 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    This would make an awesome birthday surprise for my boyfriend, a native new yorker who moved to portland when he was 17

  12. Angela Bare November 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I would LOVE to win these tickets!!!!

  13. Ashley November 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I love all things Portland and seedy/sinful and so does my girlfriend. Please pick me!

  14. Matthias November 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I should win these tickets because my mom said so.

  15. Linda Oelgart November 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    We were brought from New Hampshire to Portland to be near the arriving grandchildren. We knew little of the city other than it rained a lot and Lewis & Clark were here. No one prepared us for how much we would fall in love with Portland. So much fun to be had here even on a fixed income. Sure would love this tour.

  16. Michele Goosen November 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    You had me at ‘Skullduggery’ xoxo

  17. Mark November 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Please, please please pick me! I will do anything to win these tickets. Please, please please come on please. I will be your best friend.

  18. Sarah C November 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Portland…is awesome.

  19. Pamela MacLellan November 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Portland Rocks so must our history!

  20. Kate November 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    My boyfriend and I love learning about the history of Portland. This would be such a great, early Christmas gift for him!

  21. Devin W November 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    New to Portland, great chance to learn some history.

  22. Olivia Langford November 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m trying to convince my best friend to move to Portland from McMinnville. I think that this tour would be sure to convince him why. :)

  23. Suzanne November 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Because we must know Portland’s seedy past in order to envision its seedy future.

  24. Mae O. November 27, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    I would love to win tickets because history isn’t just about bearded men in high-collared shirts, who probably weren’t exactly the high-minded, generous souls we are taught they were. I always want to hear the stories behind the official story.

  25. Chelle November 27, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I love history especially anything sinful or seedy! This sounds like interesting fun!

  26. Marissa November 27, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    This sounds super interesting, would love to win tickets!

  27. Zane November 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    This is the coolest! I go totally bananas for this offbeat history stuff, so some tickets would be excellent.

  28. Debs November 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    This sound like fun. I would love to win tickets.

  29. courtney November 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Wait…A nasty tour of PDX and that ends outside of Mary’s? This is truly what dreams are made of!
    (Insert single tear dripping down my cheek)

  30. Laurie November 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I have lived here for almost 14 years and would love the chance to learn more about this incredible town!

  31. Tracy Lea November 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Nothing says Christmas like Skullduggery. Taking holiday photos whilst on this tour and sending them to family and friends with the caption, “Good kids get presents, bad skullduggery. Love, Your Family in PDX”

  32. Melissa November 27, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I’ve been here almost a decade.. Time to learn the local lore

  33. Keihana dahlen November 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Honestly, I’ve just never done it, plus it would make a cool date

  34. Scott Pierce November 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Let’s kick some a….

  35. Vanessa November 28, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    geekiness + seediness = most excellent

  36. Brina November 28, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    This sounds like such a great time. I would love to learn more about portland and it’s interesting past.

  37. Carolyn November 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    I love walking tours. This would be amazing.

  38. Katy November 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    This tour sounds like it would be a blast! Count me in

  39. E November 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m new to Portland and would love to learn about its history!

  40. Chris November 29, 2013 at 10:19 am #


  41. Tracie November 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    My daughter is celebrating her 30th birthday on December 4th and what a special treat this would be for her……and a total surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Bennie November 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Was looking for walking tours in portland, this sound like a really good one.

  43. Lora November 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I have a strong interest in joining this tour. Hope I win some tickets!

  44. Heather November 30, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Oo fun. Pick me.

  45. Tracy November 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I only just recently learned of how people were drugged and brought over to Portland through the Shanghai tunnels and used for slavery, but other than that I don’t really know much of Portland’s history, and I’ve lived here all my life (31 years). My husband and I never get to spend any time together, and we love checking out wicked stuff. We would love to go out, have some drinks, and learn about our city!

  46. shelly challinor November 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    My husband and I will be downtown on Dec. 7 for a much needed break from our kids. We would love to learn about the sinful history of Portland and maybe have an adult beverage along the way!!!!!!!

  47. nancy November 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    ~ I would love to win these tix because its my Birthday :) ~ ! What better way to celebrate then by being *sinful* ? ;)

  48. Rich December 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  49. Keri December 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    My boyfriend loves Kick Ass Oregon History and it’s his birthday that weekend! I’d love to take him on this tour. :)

  50. Anne December 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    It’s never too cold to walk around and learn some history!

  51. Frank Byers December 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    We like walking tours and we will not interrupt the guide.

  52. Cheryl December 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Was just telling a friend about this tour over Thanksgiving dinner. It’s on my bucket list!

  53. tim December 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    This sounds great! Pick me!

  54. Sheri December 8, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    So I can finally show my boyfriend a good time when he’s here from Nashville…well a good time out on the town that is.

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