Cancelled: Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery | Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

Update: This tour has been cancelled.


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Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
July 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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16 Responses to Cancelled: Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery | Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Samantha Smith July 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    After a week of my bank account being frozen due to fraud (thanks dbag in Missouri) and my 20 year old having more seizures that landed him in the ER, I could use a good time. Come on, DKC. Like I have said on Twitter, to me there is just something about our dead whores and madams.

  2. Yume July 16, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    It’s probably going to be ridiculously hot on Saturday, but this looks like fun!

  3. amber July 16, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    My mom is one classy broad, but not so classy that she wouldn’t want a taste of Portland’s tawdry history! She’s visiting me from Seattle and I know we’d have a blast on the tour!

  4. Saskia July 16, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Sounds like a delightfully devilish date for two weirdo’s who curb and water down their old debaucherous nature by day to climb trees, wipe butts, kiss booboos and be super parents. We rarely get date nights, but when we do we like to get creative and avoid simply sitting in watering holes. We delight in ghost hunts, historical adventures, and the random strip club would be a nice surprise. Did I mention kids make you super broke? HA! Understatement of the century! I’d love to surprise my partner with these tickets, it would be a nice change of luck!

  5. John July 16, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    My girl and I were just talking about this. I bet it would be so very interesting. Thank you!

  6. Dorothy July 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I would love to walk with the mysteries under ground

  7. Colleen July 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    My bestie and I have always wanted to go. Our friendship began when I let her copy my Science answers in high school. Our whole friendship started in scandal!

  8. Lisa July 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm #


  9. John July 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I would love to take this tour. I’ve taken Seattle’s, but I’m a Portland resident. I should go.

  10. Emma malone July 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    this sounds like it would be fun!

  11. Bryan Smith July 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Done beating the heat. Ready to cool off in some nice underground tunnels. Thanks!

  12. Harriet NewDelman July 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I would love to learn about this ledgend.


  13. Alicia July 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I want to be Shanghaied!

  14. Bianca July 18, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Please let me take my boyfriend! He’s lived in Oregon all his life and doesn’t know about this stuff. It would make my life to see his eyes light up with this knowledge of the past! Please!

  15. S Barker July 18, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Just watched a documentary about the underground tunnels. Would love to hear more from an expert.

  16. tom July 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm #


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