Win Tickets ($30): 2014 Portland July 4th 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 Portland July 4th Weekend Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery on July 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, July 4.

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Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
July 6, 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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49 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): 2014 Portland July 4th Weekend Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery | Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Rayna June 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I would love to go on this tour! I am fascinated with local history, and this sounds great!

  2. J'hon Williams June 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    That is an awesome looking adventure for the wife and I to dig our feet into. I would love to win tickets to this tour and enjoy the many great venues of Portland, OR. Also, it just so happens that 8xeight =64 is my birhtday! That just seem like fate to me!

  3. Jesse June 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi! My mom is in town and this would be a most amazing addition to our plans!

  4. Carson G June 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    If it’s free, it’s for me

  5. Scott Mc June 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    If I win, I’ll donate the tix to some visitors from out-of-town. Doug’s kids go to school with my kids. He has taken our 3rd class on a tour of the Park Blocks and that was fun. I have some friends from Texas that are visiting on the 6th of July. I know they’ll love to hear about Portland’s raw and rowdy settlers. I just hop about thinking of how happy they’ll be. As for me, I want to know more about where the buried gold lies just west of downtown through Goose Hollow.

  6. Matt June 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    This would be swell if I won!

  7. Yume July 1, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    I really want to go on one of these, sometime!

  8. Damian July 1, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Booze, Sleaze, Sailors!
    Best 4th July weekend EVER!

  9. AJ July 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    My partner picked up a book on Portland’s history from Powell’s last week. We’d love to learn more about it–and take advantage of the weather with an outdoor walk.

  10. Fred Riedel July 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    I would love to win tickets for this. I’ve seen it posted online before and have wanted to do it many times, but either didn’t have the time or the money. The weekend of the 4th would be perfect. Hope I’m lucky on this one.

  11. Jim House July 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    This would be a fantastic “re-Oregonization” introduction to the sleaze that has always been a part of Portland. I’ve read about it here and there, saw something on Portlandia and also one of those ghost story episodes. But I never could come cause I was living back East. Now that I am finally back home for good, this would be a good time to dive in and learn some more history! Thank you for the tickets!!!

  12. Erica July 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    We would love to spend our Sunday learning more about our little strip city. We just moved here all the way from Virginia 2 weeks ago (zed looking for an adventure!)

  13. lisa July 2, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    The history of portland can be elusive for all the ‘non-natives’ like me. I would love to go and bring my new to pdx crew!

  14. Sharon July 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Shanghaiers! Did I spell it right?

  15. steve burnett July 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    I have always wanted to go on one of these walking tours, this sounds like the best one!

  16. Camilla July 3, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    My boyfriend is visiting for the weekend and I would love to win tickets for the tour. We are both from the east coast and would love to learn more about Portland’s history!

  17. Toby July 3, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I am a history buff who knows little about my new home, this would be a great start.

  18. Marco July 3, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    We three, group of history buffs, new to PDX. This walking tour sounds like it was custom made for us. Please pipeline, we will sing your praises forever if you could send 3 tickets our way!

  19. Eric July 3, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I want to go to there

  20. Don July 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Looks like a fun time to me.

  21. Alicia July 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    You had me at Shanghaiers!

  22. Rachel July 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    My sister is here. She wants to do cool stuff, this seemed like just the ticket! Last time she was here I had had a baby a few days before& couldn’t do much. This year she expects more!

  23. Shelly Kent July 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Will it include a tour of Sesso? haha Pick me!

  24. Thomas Duff July 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    This would be awesome… Portland history fascinates me!

  25. Lesa Pinker July 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    What a fun twist on Portland history! Sounds like a great date for me and the hubs!

  26. Suz Wright July 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Never seem to get enough of keeping Portland weird, My favorite place !! thanks for the chance to win. Blessings

  27. Suz Wright July 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I already left one ?

  28. Heather July 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    I’ve lived in Portland my entire 36 years of existence and have not done this tour, and this is definitely on my bucket list!

  29. Teresa N. July 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    This sounds like a fabulous way to learn a lot about Portland. We’re stuck here for the weekend (can’t travel at the moment) and what better to do than dive into what’s happening in Portland this holiday weekend? :-)

  30. Sandy F. July 3, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    This would be a great date night adventure for me & the hubby. What fun!

  31. April July 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    It looks like I’m in the same “boat” as many other Portlanders: I’ve lived here all my life and have never done the tour. I would love to this weekend! Learn a little bit about my home city. Thank you!

  32. Brian July 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    My boyfriend just became a doctor and captain in the army and, as he loves history, I think it would be an incredible present. I also haven’t seen him in months so it would be a nice date night :-).

  33. Erica July 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    I have always wanted to take this tour and this would be a perfect weekend to do so! :)

  34. Matt C. July 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Learn a little history about the city I love and join Doug for a pint too! :D

  35. Karen Staats July 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    I did the Seattle Shanghai tour and I know Portland’s will top their’s.

  36. Sasha Steiner July 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I would love to be able to just discover the amazing history of portland!!

  37. Bonnie July 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    what a way to learn about Portland. moved here two months ago and looking for fun things to do with my partner. this would be a BLAST!

  38. katie July 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Pick me. I just need to win

  39. Erica July 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    This sounds like such a cool tour! I’m new to Portland. What better way to learn about this city then the history of strippers and sin!

  40. Valerie Humke July 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    My dad (born in 1896) used to talk about some of this stuff. It would be interesting to hear what a modern day historian shares, & compare it to my father’s stories.

  41. Shannon July 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Beer. Portland. Exploring. Wicked awesome! Pick me. Choose me.

  42. kristin July 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    ‘Cause it’s Portland, and it’s Kick A** History!!

  43. Rachel July 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    Sounds really fun, and a walk would be good for me!

  44. Jen Phillips July 3, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Its simple my Sister and her Bestie here and I want to scare the shit outta the small town girls then feed em delish

  45. jim July 4, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    I have always wanted to do this, hope I win.

  46. Lee July 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    This sounds like a lot of fun!

  47. Adam July 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I would absolutely love to win a day trip like this! I’ve been hearing about those shanghai tunnels since I got here!

  48. Carolyn July 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    History is so much more than what is in our history books…what a fun insight to learn!
    Would love a date night like this.

  49. Levi Eads July 6, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    My wife and I recently moved to Portland from Seattle. Help us get to know our new city by gifting us free tix!

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