Win Tickets ($30): Easter Weekend Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery | Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

We are giving away a pair of tickets to A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past on April 19. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 18.

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Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
April 19, 2014
4 p.m. | $15 | 21+

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

  1. Laurel April 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I want to know more about my city’s history! Also, fun information to know when friends visit. :-)

  2. Amber April 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I have always wanted to go on a tour like this. The weirder the better! I work downtown now so it would be fun to learn the history!

  3. Donielle April 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets!

  4. Dorothy April 15, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I loves me a little portland smutt. lets do this thing.

  5. Jessica April 15, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I heart kickass or history!

  6. Skye Blue April 15, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Nerdy fun is the best. Invite me!

  7. Andrew Brainard April 15, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    I would like to meet the Historians behind the awesome Oregon Kick Ass History program! Lumberjacks, whiskey and whores! Oh my! Sounds like a good time to me! Sign me up!

  8. Shannon April 16, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    This would be a fun (and weird) date night away from the kiddo!

  9. Cesar Altamirano April 17, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    This would be the perfect lead-in to a very sin filled & smokey Easter Sunday. Sign me up.

  10. Sasha McLeod April 17, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    This sounds like a keep portland weird event!!! Which means it would be freakin awesome!

  11. John Anderson April 17, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Ive always seen these tours walking around and always wanted to go!!!

  12. Christ April 17, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I would rise from the dead for these tickets.

  13. Ry April 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    what a way to spend holy saturday!

  14. Lizbeth April 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I want to see how Portland got weird in the first place!

  15. erica April 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I dig skullduggery!

  16. Sandra Fritsche April 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    This would be an awesome experience! I might even learn something!

  17. Hilary Andriesian April 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I’ve always had a taste for the bizarre, so this is right up my back alley.

  18. Chris Gong April 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Went to Edinburgh over springbreak and saw LOTS of walking tours. Went on the Harry Potter one and we realized that we have NOT even done 1 walking tour of our own town.

  19. Abby April 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    This sounds dark and interesting, just my style!

  20. Anne April 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    I love walking tours. You learn so much.

  21. Julie April 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Would love to be shanghaied so I can join this crew!

  22. Cari April 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    oh what fun this would be!

  23. Danielle April 18, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Sounds like I might learn a thing or three with this guy.

  24. Michael Buchino April 19, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Nancy Boggs!

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