Win Tickets ($30): Walk into Portland’s Sinful Past on the Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery Tour | w/ Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery on September 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 5.

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From our partners:
Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
September 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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60 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Walk into Portland’s Sinful Past on the Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery Tour | w/ Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Donald August 27, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    I have never done anything like this before and it sounds like it would be a lot of fun to do a walking tour like this.

  2. Meghan August 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    How fitting! As a rugged and vulgar gal with a sinful past, I’d love to prowl the town on this tour and get the ultimate history lesson. :)

  3. Joann August 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Holy cats, it took me a legit 7 seconds to guess what number plus 5 equals eleven. I need a break from work! What better than tickets to this tour!

  4. Maren August 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    honestly if i didnt get picked for the crystal ballroom event go read that and then pick me. gimme at least one. ;)

  5. Megan August 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I’ve been trying to win these tickets for a while. It’s my birthday this weekend. Make my birthday :D

  6. Greg August 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    If those who do not learned from history are doomed to repeat it, I want to be in Portland the next time around!

  7. Sarah August 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    I’m a huge history fan . I’d love to do something like this.

  8. Yvette August 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    This has been on my to do list for a while now. I’ve only been living in Oregon for 2 years and I still have a lot to learn about its roots! I love history and I love Oregon, and for me this adventure is the best of both worlds =)

  9. Diana August 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Saloons, Bordellos and Skullduggery??? I believe this tour was invented just for me!!! Bring it on!! :-D

  10. Cecily August 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    My husband and I are new to Portland and have been really enjoying exploring our new city. This tour would be a great addition to our explorations by providing a picture of Portland’s past with a look at how it intersects with the present in a way that we wouldn’t be able to see with just a surface glance.

  11. julie August 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Thus found like a good time!

  12. Tristann August 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Sounds like a great time. Would love to surprise my husband with these tickets.

  13. Mike August 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    My wife’s birthday…what a great way to spend it!!!

  14. Eric W August 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Just moved to Portland, would be a great way to learn about the “real” city.

  15. erica August 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    I would like to dig some skulls, please!

  16. Debbie Lusk August 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Story for a good blog and recommendation for visitors to PDX!!

  17. Mara August 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Help me check this off my PDX Bucketlist!

  18. Rachel August 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    History is my thing. I’d love to experience that piece of Portland’s past.

  19. Roger Roberts August 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    I want to dig for some skulls

  20. dana August 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Been wanting to do this since I first moved here. Would be so delighted and grateful to attend! Thank you!

  21. Maria August 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Great history! Love to attend! Pick me!

  22. Brittany August 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Portland has some great history.

  23. Linda S August 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Spooky and fun

  24. Jeanne August 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Sounds like a great evening for shenanigans! Thanks PDX!

  25. Scott August 29, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    Sounds like fun.

  26. Heather August 29, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    I’ve lived here all my life and just recently learned of this part of Portland’s history. Now I’m so curious to learn more!

  27. Dave August 29, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    You gotta love this city, this sounds great.

  28. Andrea August 29, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    The hidden history of things is super fascinating to me. I would love the chance to get to hear about part of that history from the Ribald Resident Historian himself!

  29. Lisa August 29, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Shanghaiers, saloons and skullduggery! What’s not to love!? Sounds like an enchanting evening of Portland history. I would love to partake.

  30. Scott August 29, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Would love to go!

  31. Shayler August 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Shanghai Me!

  32. Lani August 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    I wanna learn about portlands dirty dirty past.

  33. Casey G. August 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    My boyfriend & I just moved here, and we always like to get to know the dirty underbelly of wherever we live!

  34. David August 30, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    We are newer to town, and would love to jump into some local skullduggery and rough & tumble history with both feet! We’d love to go to this – please pick us!

  35. Autumn August 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I like weird and spooky. Need more weird.

  36. Danielle August 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I’m always up for a good history tour.

  37. Andrew August 31, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Just help me get out of the house.

  38. Bianca August 31, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    PLEASE pick me and my boyfriend to go on the tunnel tour!
    He’s a downtown dweller so cool and cold you’d put a coat on. I’m a Reed geek.
    He told me ’bout the tunnels like I didn’t know they existed.
    Now let me show him something he didn’t.

  39. Selina August 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Because beer + history = fun and I know because I’m a math stud.

  40. Amanda Sandeen August 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    My boyfriend would love this, and so would I! Help keep a budding romance alive <3

  41. Justine September 1, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    As a native portlander this tour had always sounded so morbidly intriguing I even recommend this tour to visitors passing through… yet I haven’t ever made time to take the tour. It’s about time I see this tour!

  42. jadon kreinheder September 3, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    I have wanted to do this tour for a bit. Please pick me

  43. Katie September 4, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    This is b day weekend! Pick me and it’ll be my best present

  44. Heidi Stanley September 4, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    this would be a rad date. would love to do this.

  45. April September 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I want to go on a Portland history tour!

  46. Mary Ann pastene September 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Would love to win this.

  47. Joe September 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Not many can make history kick-a**, but I certainly would love to see this. Even my gf, who hates history, would enjoy this!

  48. Andrea September 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    My fiancé is in town from North Carolina to meet my fam and we’ve been looking for some kick ass stuff to do!! This would be awesome!!

  49. Danielle V September 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Drinking always helps the learning process, right?

  50. Noel September 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to do this tour… I’ve even written about it as a freelance writer and for my blog, so I’d love to actually experience it and learn a little more about P-town’s spooky past!

  51. Stacey September 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    We love Portland and are very interested in Skullduggery! ; )

  52. Caroline September 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I’ve heard a lot about it and I’ve never gone and I would LOVE TO GO!!!

  53. sheila September 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    I have always wanted to do this :)

  54. Lisa September 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    This looks really fun, I want to learn!

  55. Robert Boylan September 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I’d love to take my girlfriend on this tour! She’s pretty new here, and she used to be a tour guide in San Francisco, and I think she’d get a kick out of it. Plus, we’re both really fascinated by Portland’s creepy past….

  56. Laura B. September 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    I work in Old Town and as a Portland transplant, I’ve often wondered about the area’s history. This tour sounds fantastic!

  57. Jen September 5, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    I need to be corrupted… It would be epic to hear the sinful memoirs of our fair city narrated by DKC AND share an adult beverage with him. ;)

  58. David Carnese September 5, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    Always would love to expand my knowledge of Portland history.

  59. Z September 5, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I’ve always wanted to do this!

  60. Gretchen Yanez September 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I have wanted to attend this ever since I heard about it! I’m new to Portland….just moved here from Kansas. Hope you pick me! :-)

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