Win Tickets ($30): 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 Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past on January 19. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 10.

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From our sponsors:
Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
January 19, 2014
4 p.m. | $15 | 21+
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Thirsty Lion
71 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-2155 | More Info:

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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65 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past | Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick A** Oregon History

  1. Cassandra January 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    I’ve honestly wanted to tour the shanghai tunnels since I first learned about them when I was a kid, but I’ve never even able to because it tends to be kind of spendy. I adore Portland and it’s rather shady history, but I’d be so grateful for the chance to learn more and actually see the tunnels for the first time!

  2. Danielle V January 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery? Sweet, sultry sensations; sign me up!

  3. Jackie Newton January 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    I want! I want! I want!

  4. Tamara Colpitts January 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    I have for soooo long wanted to go on this tour…. I want these like mustard needs bread…. Need them tickets….

  5. Sarah P January 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    It would be so awesome to win these tickets, I just recently moved to portland, or and it would be nice to learn a little more about the area and its past!! Sounds like an awesome tour!

  6. Steve January 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    I want to win because this sounds like a blast!

  7. Michael January 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Would make a fun date!

  8. Rb. January 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Sounds like a fun, Sunday afternoon learning experience to me!

  9. Jeremy brill January 4, 2014 at 12:01 am #


  10. Tammie January 4, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    What a fun way to learn some of Portlands History. I’m in.

  11. Kimberly January 4, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    I have lived here 4+ decades. I have never seen the places or heard the stories of this time. It would be fascinating

  12. Fred January 4, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Have always wanted to try the Thirsty Lion and other places and would really love a walking tour.

  13. Dedrick Inirio January 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    My wife and I have been living here for 5 years, we have 3 kids and go to school and work full-time.

    We haven’t had a date night in a over 3 years. So this year our new year resloution is to spend more time as a couple and enjoy each other liked did before life became so busy.

    I hope these tickets can be a start to putting quality time back to our relationship.

    Thank you for the consideration and opportunity.

  14. Bryan January 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Gave away 2 tickets to the Shanghai walking tour in a work Christmas gift exchange a few years back. The person who picked them randomly said it was the perfect gift! Been on my to-do list for myself now ever since! I’d love to go (and I’m sure my GF would too)

  15. Lynn Wittner January 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I love history and going on an adventure to learn it is all the sweeter!

  16. Margaux January 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I have a family member in town that weekend. What a great time that would be.

  17. Megan January 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    I love history and would love to learn more about the underground stuff you don’t usually learn, about Portland!

  18. Alan A January 5, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    I have been wanting to do this tour since I moved here…. this would be a great opportunity to do it!

  19. daverave64 January 5, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    glad 2013 is over, looking forward to the new year and new adventures

  20. Jenny January 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are huge history buffs and have spent the past year getting obsessed over Portland history. We usually just wander around town on our own “tours.” I listen to the KAOH podcasts and have been dying to get on one of these!

  21. Joshua Jabbour January 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    New to town, and would love to know about this city’s illustrious past…

  22. brad January 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    This sounds so interesting. Hope I can win these win these tickets.

  23. Stacy January 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Pretty please?!!!! Looks devine!

  24. Bill W. January 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    I live at the intersection of Sin and History Streets. Count me in.

  25. Emily January 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! I am a Portland native and would love to show my bf from Seattle all of Portland’s kick a** weirdness. Having just gotten over the awful flu, it would be nice to get out of the house and do something fun!!!

  26. Emily January 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    pretty please! my boyfriend has been dying to do this and i would love to take him for his birthday!

  27. Rach January 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Sounds cool!

  28. Bridget January 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    As a new resident of Portland and a former History major, it would be a shame if I DIDN’T go to this.

  29. Jessica January 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I am a local history buff and would thoroughly enjoy this experience!

  30. Melissa January 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I am on a historical tour kick this year – so this would be the next great thing!

  31. Rebecca January 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    This sounds pretty neat!

  32. April January 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    This tour has been on my to do list for a while.

  33. Rae January 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do this! But I haven’t been able to afford it :( I would love the opportunitiy!

  34. Ditty Nicolaides January 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Please! Choose a senior citizen for the winner!

  35. Stacy rodgers January 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I would love love love to win this! This is the perfect lat Christmas gift foe me sense I was on santa’s naughty list this year;) but who ever wins this is going to be one lucky person. Good luck to you all.

  36. Stacy rodgers January 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I would love love love to win this! This is the perfect late Christmas gift for me sense I was on santa’s naughty list this year;) but who ever wins this is going to be one lucky person. Good luck to you all. Sorry auto correct keeps messing things up :/

  37. Stacy rodgers January 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Sorry all my auto correct keeps messing all my words up :/

  38. Stacy rodgers January 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    You guys should give more than 1set of tickets to only one winner you should at least pick 3 winners.

  39. Nasheena January 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    I want to know more about our awesome city! Please pick me!

  40. Quincie January 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    I would really like to attend this tour… wow really awesome. Took a class in college that skimmed over the history of Portland, however this really seems to focus on the more sinful past.

  41. Megan Andricos January 9, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Shanghai me!

  42. Sarah Sims January 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    I did the Portland walking tour and it was one of my favorite “touristy” activity I’ve done since I moved here. This would be a fun tour to do to see the other side of things!

  43. Lori January 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    I would love to do this.

  44. Brian January 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    I would like to do this tour.

  45. Lisa January 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    This would be a blast. Always learning more about Portland – especially the lesser know side of things. Would love to win this!!

  46. Brad January 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to explore a shady past.

  47. DW January 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh man, my wife is new to Portland, she needs to learn the history.

  48. Jeremy Brill January 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    love old town

  49. panda January 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    skullduggery, it doesn’t get better than that

  50. AMFS January 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    I love the PDX history!

  51. lisa borchart January 10, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    I love, love, love history things like this and learning about the town I live in. I’ve even done walking tours in other cities (like Seattle’s underground tour) because I can’t get enough of these touristy things.

  52. Ashley T. January 10, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    I’m sure that there are many interesting things I don’t know about our city and that this would be a fun adventure to learn more!

  53. Zane January 10, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    With Portland’s rise to fame as America’s quirky sweetheart, it’s easy to forget that it used to be a remote, grimy, crime-ridden place, more famous for its strip clubs than its food carts. I can’t get enough of the weird tales from its seedy past. Sign me up, please!

  54. Jen January 10, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    History gives me a feminine erection. Let’s do this!

  55. Rachel January 10, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    History is a passion of mine. This sounds awesome!

  56. Lisa January 10, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    This looks so interesting and after living in P-TOWN for three years, I need to learn more about my wonderful city!

  57. Dana Nash January 10, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I’d love to win!!! <3

  58. Toby January 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm #


  59. Miranda T January 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Any event that ends at Mary’s is worth throwing my name in the hat.

  60. Patricia January 12, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I work in Old Town and never had the time or money to get to know the place I love and work in that much better. I would be thrilled to go on such an adventure and be that much more connected to the things I see every day.

  61. Allison Sauer January 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Way too cool! I would love to attend this and get my boyfriend out of the house!

  62. sunchicka January 13, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    Sounds like fun

  63. Penny January 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    After reading Fugitives and Refugees, nothing would compliment it more than being able to go on this tour!

  64. Jessica January 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    I would love to learn about PDX’s dirty, sordid past.

  65. Heather January 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    I love doing touristy type stuff like this even though I have lived here a long time! This sounds like so much fun. And I would absolutely go in to Mary’s after and help boost our economy like a good tourist should.

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