Win Tickets ($36): Walk Dad 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 Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery Tour on June 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 17.


From our partners:
Portland's Sinful Past Walking TourShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
June 18, 2016
4 p.m. | $18 | 21+

Meet @ Floyd’s Coffee
118 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209

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 Floyd’s Coffee at 118 SW Couch St. Feel free to arrive early and have a coffee! 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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32 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Walk Dad into Portland’s Sinful Past on the Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery Tour | w/ Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Kerry June 6, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    My husband and I are both local history buffs, and I’m writing a novel that deals with Portland’s speedier pass, so this would be amazing fun for Father’s Day!

  2. Brett N June 6, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    I’m an rabid history fan. I’ve done other history tours of Portland, but would love to learn more.

  3. Molli Vandehey June 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    i have a very special someone to take to this…

  4. Miles June 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    I would love to take my little hear

  5. Marissa June 8, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    My dad would love this!!!

  6. Linda S June 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    This would be fun I have wanted to do for sometime.

  7. Mikey B June 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    Loves me some Kick Ass Oregon History. Send me!

  8. Laura McNamara June 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    This looks fantastic!

  9. Hannah June 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm #


  10. Jennifer June 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

    I would absolutely love to take my Deaddy on this tour of the dearly departed over Father’s Day weekend! We very much enjoy doing various ghost and graveyard tours when we can manage to crawl out of our tomb sweet tombs, but we have not yet taken our corporeal selves on a Kick Ass Oregon History tour…yet. I’m dead certain we’d have a frightfully good time.

    Bugs and kisses to you all!

  11. MJ June 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    I’M so Bored!!!!

  12. Shawn June 11, 2016 at 5:15 am #

    Portland history? Better than Portland present

  13. Shadow Rose June 12, 2016 at 12:33 am #

    My boyfriend has never been on the Shanghai Tour.

  14. Molli Vandehey June 13, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    i would looooove to go on this tour, i have afriend visiting who would totally dig it!

  15. sharon kubik June 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    My husband is a proud Navy veteran. He was active duty for 20 years. He is a HUGE history buff. He was transferred to Oregon 2 years ago and i stayed on the east coast until our youngest graduated.I have finally permentantly relocated here from Massachusetts. We would both love to learn some of the history of our new home and I would love to surprise him with something fun like this.

  16. Rachael June 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    Sounds like a great Father’s Day date (sans the Mary’s club part, I’ll let him join you for the grand finale – which he definitely will stop in for)! Pick us please!!!! My dad requests I don’t spend any money on him

  17. Alan June 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Always wanted to go.

  18. Adriane Ceglie June 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    My father is so straight laced! This would be a perfectly delightful Father’s Day surprise!!

  19. Lorie Halford June 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    Lorie Halford has always wanted to go on the Shanghai Ghost tour.Even before I moved here from Ca. a few years ago;I had heard about this tour. I’m so glad they don’t Shanghai people like that anymore!!! I have a mobility scooter and ,or a cane or walker.I’m very careful, please let me go. I’m alone and would love to get out more,I’ll be 60 July 2nd , and would love to tour on my birthday.Thanks for your time. Lorie Halford –

  20. Harriet NewDelman June 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    I give tours through the Urban Tour Group to 3rd graders and we talk about the Shanghai Tunnels but I have never taken the tour. Would love too!!!

  21. sonya June 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    This sounds like fun! And it’s going to be great weather for it!

  22. Lisa June 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    It would be a great way to spend some time with my dad.

  23. Cecilia W. June 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    My other half is so far removed from his daughter (she lives in another state) and We lost his dad recently. We may have to leave Portland by the middle of summer and this tour would be an awesome memory of the awesome that is Portland

  24. Lori Nye June 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Learning about Portland is increasingly important to me as I fall in love with it more and more. I know my husband (a father to my kids) would love it too. My own father is not mobile to enjoy this.

  25. Steve June 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    “saloons, gambling halls and bordellos…?
    Count me in.

    And I’m the dad.

  26. Julie W June 15, 2016 at 12:30 am #

    How have I never gotten to do an underground tour? Extra points if we dress as a logger and saloon girl? Lol. This would be beyond fun and something that we’ve always wanted to do!! Let’s go!! =)

  27. TiffanyO June 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    You had me at ‘saloons and skullduggery.’

  28. Ed June 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    YES! Would love to go on this tour and learn about our sordid Portland history!

  29. 503geek June 16, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    PIPELINE… hook a brother up with some tickets… Gotta share the love with the 503….

  30. lauren scher June 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    Sounds fun!!!

  31. Stefan Long June 17, 2016 at 5:24 am #

    I’d love to get Shang Hai’d and go on this tour! I attended Doug’ tribute to Ken Keasey One Flew Over The Cookoos Nest at Mississippi Studios a few years back – He does a great job of telling a yarn and adding lots of color!

  32. Caitlin June 18, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    I have absolutely no money and really really want to make fathers day special for my husband. He works such long hours and we live paycheck to paycheck. I just want some way to make his day, he treated me to an awesome mother’s day and I would just really like to return the favor.

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