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

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Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
May 31, 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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72 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past | Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Rarian Rakista May 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    The history of Portland fascinates me and this is one of the facets locally that I have never taken the time or initiative to do on my own even though I have been aware of it for years. Frankly, I’m a lazy bastard and this would provide me the impetus to finally do it.

  2. Dan May 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Quite simply put, I’m PDX born and raised and sad to say I’ve never been. I’d love to bring my wife and two teenage kids, who haven’t been either.

  3. Jesse May 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    As a history buff, I would be tickled pink to win tickets to this!

    • Jesse May 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Good post Jesse. Hope u win!

    • Jesse May 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Oh, hey man… History rocks! Especially when it’s underground.

  4. Erica Rosser May 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Yip. I have SO wanted to this. Sounds like spooky fun!

  5. Cat May 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    This looks awesome. Would love to win and learn more about my city!

  6. Fred May 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Would love to win this. Have heard bits and pieces of Portland’s past dark history, but not much detail. Both my wife and I would be thrilled to win tickets for this tour.

  7. Linda S May 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    How fun this would be you get to learn about Portland’s history as we walk.

  8. Jessica May 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Please pick me!!! I want to go!

  9. Karli May 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this! You don’t really know a city until you know the dark, dirty history of it. Portland is not all hipsters and hippies!

  10. Bonnie Davidoff May 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Trying to do as much as I can in portland as we moved here just a month ago and then we will know what to do when our east coast families visit. So much fun.

  11. Abby May 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    I leave portland, my hometown, to move across the country in just about two weeks. I’d love to get as much portland fun packed in as possible.

  12. Stacey Walker May 22, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Sounds like fun

  13. Teresa May 22, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Every year I learn so many new things about this city, I would love the chance to learn more about it’s past from this perspective!

  14. Yume May 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    I still have yet to go on one of these tours. So, ya know…

  15. Ron T May 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Scary!!! I like that in history. We’d love to participate and look forward to meeting
    Doug Kenck-Crispin. All dressed up and no place to go? Not…, if I win the tickets.

  16. Sara Goldman May 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    I also have a sinful past. Pick me!

  17. Judd May 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    I’m new.

  18. Susan May 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Just wrote a large travel article about Portland but failed to include tidbits from its seamy side, purely out of my ignorance. I hope to remedy that and bolster my status as a Portland authority.

  19. april May 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    I desperately need to discover the seedly underbelly of Portland.

  20. Melissa Kent May 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I have only lived here a year and I know there is still so much for me to see and learn about Portland and I would love this opportunity. I also just love stuff like this!

  21. Sandra Dvergsdal May 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Have never been to Portland’s underground. Would be a special experience with an Oregon Historian…

  22. Sandra Dvergsdal May 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Have never seen the Portland underground or some of the “seedier” parts of Old Portland. But better yet with a noted Oregon Historian!

    • Sandra Dvergsdal May 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      Opps… posted once then it said I had not posted… hum… don’t know how to delete one of them….Sorry..

  23. Jessica May 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    I love this podcast…would love to be a part of the tour!

  24. Heather Smith May 23, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    My husband and I are about to celebrate our anniversary and this would be an awesome gift! We are both from other states and don’t really know much about Portland,this tour sounds amazing!

  25. Mark May 23, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I have my best friend coming into town from Ohio and this would be an awesome Portland welcome for him to see and understand this city’s past (we were weird back in the beginning). Please consider me for some tickets. I would be so grateful for this adventure.

  26. Erica May 23, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I took the underground Shanghai tunnel tour a while ago and would love to learn more!

  27. Angela May 23, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Shenanigans! Pick me, I like shenanigans.

  28. Malinda May 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Pick me! I would love to learn more about Portland’s history.

  29. Jenelle Taylor May 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Have you ever heard of the underground tours in Pendleton Or?

  30. Athena May 24, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    It would be a fun to do a walking history tour of Portland and some drinking too!

  31. Kelli May 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Sweet! Born and raised here and I still don’t know all the history…drinking and learning about PDX is my kind of good time! :D

  32. Irma May 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I fucking love history=) And debauchery;)

  33. Stacy May 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I’ve never been on a Portland walking tour before and have always wanted to go! My roommate just got laid off and this would be the funnest way to forget about it and have some good old Portland fun!!!

  34. Sharon May 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Have been wanting to do this with family for so long – would be fun!

  35. ana May 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    yes plz

  36. Kendall May 25, 2014 at 12:43 am #

    It is my first time visitingPortland this weekend with my partner and this would be a great way to get to know the history of the city.

  37. Samantha May 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    It’s my birthday and it would be a fun way to spend the afternoon with my husband.

  38. Samantha May 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    It’s my birthday and a walking tour would be a great way to spend the afternoon with my husband.

  39. andres garcia May 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    I will be visiting PDX from L.A to celebrate my graduation and my GF’s birthday, and this sounds right up our alley.

  40. Elise May 26, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    It’s really hard to get a date with a cute lesbian, and even harder to find something interesting and creative. I feel like this would be the perfect idea! Drinks, history, and forced conversation!

  41. Erica H. May 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    What a fun and educational night! I love learning odd/quirky facts about places so learning about the city I live in is a plus.

  42. Diana ly May 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Lived here for 15 years, never been Shanghai’d. PICK ME, I MEAN IT!

  43. Cait M May 27, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I’m down.

  44. shaylene May 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    I would love to take my sister to this epic portland glimpse into the past.

  45. lynnette conkel May 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    So many times we have planned to do this and then chickened out !!! I mean who wouldn’t it’s freakin haunted !!!! But we will go if you send us !!!! Thanks PDXpipeline !!!

  46. Tanya May 28, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Have always been very interested in the history of the shanghai tunnels and the connected ghost stories . Would love to attend

  47. Sandy May 29, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    My family came to Portland in 1850 by wagon train. As I research my family genealogy I have also acquired a thirst for the history of this country. I’ve taken the Underground Tour of Seattle twice. It seems only right that I also take the tour in Portland!

  48. Erika May 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    History proves the Shanghai Tunnels to be anything but romantic. But I have a slightly different take. In June 2012, my significant other and I met up at Dante’s Sinferno for our first date. After buying tickets, we walked to the Shanghai Tunnel bar for a less crowded pre-show drink. We ended up skipping the show, spending the whole night talking – and I, right then, began falling in love. Now, nearly two years later – to the date-, we have done many things in Portland like urban hiking, trying different restaurants and repeatedly hitting up our favorite microbreweries and pubs; however, we still have yet to do one of the activities that we put on our “Oregon bucket list” that June night… It would be such a treat to win these tickets and to finally explore the dank, dark, and creepy history of this city. Bring on the romance!

  49. Melanie May 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I’ve got two months left in Portland before I have to relocate for my job and i’ve never done anything even slightly scary or sinful. Help me change that!

  50. Michael May 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    pick me!

  51. Amber May 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    I have lived in Portland most of my life and always wanted to do this- would love it!!

  52. Maxine Rand May 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Wow this sounds like an extroidnary experience! Would enjoy an opportunity to explore Oregon at this juncture of History!!! Perhaps it will give us a greater realm of thought!

  53. Stacy May 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I’ve wanted to do this since I moved to Portland 8 years ago. Fun!!

  54. April May 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    I’ve wanted to go one of these PDX history tours.

  55. Harriet NewDelman May 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Fairly new to Portland and learning about the early history by training with the Urban Tour Group, a non-profit that tours 3rd through 6th graders around Old Town, Chinatown, and Downtown Portland. I tell the kids about the tunnels and show them the one at the New Market Theater bldg.
    Would LOVE to have this tour and actually see the tunnels from an “adult” perspective.

  56. erica May 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Pick me! I like beer and skulls!

  57. Gray May 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    my cousin will be visiting, and this would be a great thing to give him to get him out of my hair for a bit.

  58. Stacy May 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    I really want to go on a walking tour!!!!!

  59. Shawn May 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    I don’t know the true Portland!

  60. Scott May 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Sounds fun

  61. Damian May 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I thought last weekends STRIP CLUB CRAWL was seedy.
    I guess I ain’t seen nothing yet!!!

  62. m May 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    It isn’t called the velvet overground

  63. Shari G May 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    I have lived in the area for 12 years and have grown to love the what I have experienced above the ground. How intriguing to learn about the underground.

  64. Joann May 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    I need this in my life!!!

  65. Mike May 30, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    I was told the tour sucks, but I’d LOVE to go!!

  66. Crystal May 30, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    If I won tickets, I’d bring my camera and take lots of photos. Then everything I learned – plus the images – would be turned into a blog post for my Portland series. I’ve written about the Roller Derby, vinyl stickers and street art, the Japanese garden, Tour de Fat, Velo on the Volcano, and even the attempt to get Portland redheads into the Guinness Book of World Records. And in my posts, I always credit where credit is due, so… everyone along the way would get a little free advertising too.

  67. Chris Johnson May 30, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I’d love to check this out with my out of country company

  68. anna May 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I just moved back to Portland after living in Shanghai for 6 years!

  69. Julia Nielsen May 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    My husband and I moved here only 6 days ago and are completely in love with this place.

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