Win Tickets ($30): 2014 Halloween 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 Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery on November 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, October 31.

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Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
November 1, 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 Halloween Weekend Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past – Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery | Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Nicholas LaMont October 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Sounds like fun!! Pick me!

  2. Sian October 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Sounds like a fun tour for a couple of giggling gals. I read that Portland had an underground system of tunnels like Seattle? Shouldn’t be laughing in fact it’s sounds seriously festively spooky!

  3. Z October 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I’d like to go on a tour like this before all these places are turned into condos, which means this is probably my last chance.

  4. emma October 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    I’m planning on dressing like a film noir leading lady for Halloween so this would be appropriate information!

  5. elise October 23, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    I would love to go on this tour! I moved to Portland this summer and think this would be an awesome way to get to know the city better.

  6. Brooks Hadsall October 23, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I STILL don’t know what a shanghai tunnel is! I would love to learn firsthand!

  7. Tracy October 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Ever since I heard about the Shanghai Tunnel I have always wanted to go. Pick me please

  8. Scott October 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Sounds like fun

  9. Michele October 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I too love a good yarn and have often wondered about the many wild days of Portland’s youth. It would be fun to learn all about the many crazy, odd and downright dastardly deeds from a history buff who seems to really love Portland! I’m in if you’ll have me ;)

  10. April October 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I’ve heard good things about this tour!

  11. John October 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    I’ve wanted to this for years now. Free tix would be amazing!!

  12. michael howard October 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Holy fun batman this would rock

  13. Nikki October 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I would love to compare Portland ‘s troubled past with that of my hometown’s!

  14. Amy October 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Lived here for decades and have always wanted to go!!!! Out-of-Towners always asking me about the intriguingly, dark history of Portland. Have heard many stories about the towns “ghosts” and have experienced some strange vibes in a hotel that sits above an entrance to the tunnels. The history is fascinating and the walking tour would make a great memory. Sounds like I couldn’t go wrong with a “kick a$$ historian. Pick me please!

  15. sami October 25, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    this would be fun

  16. Cori October 25, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Meeting up with friends for our annual Halloween in Portland – this would be an AMAZING addition to our weekend! I promise we will make the tour (and possibly the city) more fun!

  17. Sara Polanco October 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    My Boyfriend is coming to Portland for the first time that weekend and we would LOVE to check this out!!:)

  18. Kristin October 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I loved hearing his stories at the Jack London’s Stumptown Stories.

  19. Amber October 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Always have wanted to do this-perfect time to do it!

  20. Josh October 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    This is exactly what I’ve been wanting to check out for a couple years now! Pick me!

  21. Josh October 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I am a huge history buff! Would love to see this up close and personal. Have read and heard a lot of history regarding these infamous tunnels!

  22. Rexer October 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Oh! I really wanted to go to this, but had a conflict. Plans changed and I would love to go. I worked in a building on Washington in the early 90s that had some of the old tunnels and since then I’ve always wanted to learn and see more.

  23. Dolores October 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    This would be super great! I have heard stories about the Shanghai tunnels and love history! I am a broke college student paying my own way through school, please help educate me on my home town by picking me!!!!!

  24. Dina October 28, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Pick me!

  25. sarah October 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I love this tour- pick me!?

  26. Tid October 29, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    because I like a little seediness in my city

  27. Terri October 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Sounds frightfully fun!!! Please pick me!!

  28. Haily October 29, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    I would love to win tickets. I was recently laid off, and days later we found out that my boyfriends dad is taking a ten hour drive from California to come visit us on Halloween. He’ll be here a few days, and I would love to treat him to this.


  29. Mark October 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    PICK US!!!!!! We are coming down from Seattle and have always wanted to do this tour….plus we LOVE Marys Club!!!!!

  30. Cary October 30, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    This one has been on my bucket list of things to do for along time. It would be great to experience this by winning tickets. Portland is the greatest

  31. Tom Kloster October 30, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    This would be fun! Thx for the giveaway

  32. Robert October 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    new to Pdx and looking to learn some local history

  33. Kristen October 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to do this tour for so long! Would love to have a pair of tickets fall in my lap.

  34. ZK October 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    It’s my buddy’s birthday this weekend and this would make an awesome gift!

  35. Michael October 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    New to Portland and this sounds like a scream!!

  36. Bonnie Nicholas October 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I wish I was clever enough to come up with the winning quip.

  37. jenny jo October 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I have always wanted to go on this walking tour!

  38. Scott October 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  39. Jake October 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Golly, I hope I get to go on this walking tour!

  40. Christina Larson October 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me!

  41. Jennifer October 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    I love Portland history and am especially interested in the dark, shady stuff. I’m not a twisted person though, really! I’ve always really, really wanted to see the Shanghai Tunnels, too.
    Please let me tag along.

  42. Bonnie Merkouris October 31, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    I was told about this by a friend who went on it a few years ago and now I finally live out here and desperately want to experience the tour! Sooo you should pick me. ….why wouldn’t ya? :D

  43. Zechariah October 31, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    I’ll call in to work and take my gal out if y’all’d oblige. Been here nine years and still haven’t seen the tunnels.


  44. Erin V October 31, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    I would love to go! Spooky and fun!

  45. david October 31, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    With it so shitty out, below street level’s the place to be!

  46. Leslie Eleveld October 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I never have gone on a tour like this, and would love to learn more about Portland’s macabre and spooky history!

  47. Lacy October 31, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Sounds like a fun way to learn more about Portland’s history!

  48. Ron T November 1, 2014 at 1:04 am #

    I’d love to attend this event. History is so satisfying and that I live here, would be a wonderful experience of the way it was or might have been. Please pick me.

  49. Ananta November 1, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    Pick me up. Sounds like fun. Excited to attend it.

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