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

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
September 17, 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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64 Responses to Cancelled: Walk into Portland’s Sinful Past on the Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery Tour | w/ Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Fran September 6, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Would love to convene with ghostly fragments of energy – especially this close to Halloween! What a perfect way to celebrate it. :)

    • Rayna September 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

      This sounds fascinating- I would love to take my New York-native partner to learn about our bad-a%$ city!

    • Kath Rogers September 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

      Lived here in Portland for eight years and know nothing of its history, sounds like a cool experience

    • Claire September 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Love all the history here! Would be great to hear more

  2. Jen September 6, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    I’m ready to be sinful! :)

  3. Katy September 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    This sounds like a hoot-and-a-half! Perfect for my hubby and I

  4. Anna September 6, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Sounds like a stimulating way to spend a Saturday in September!

  5. Harriet NewDelman September 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    I would love to do this! Talk about it a little on my tours with 3rd graders, but not the adult version.

  6. Loree September 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    Very cool! Perfect for residents and out of town guests!!

  7. Carol September 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    I am so ready to learn more about sin an Shanghai’s in PDX.

  8. Erica September 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    Skull digging?! Count me in!

  9. Karen Iliff September 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    I’ve never visited the tunnels but heard so many crazy stories. A tour with Doug Kenck-Crispin would be the ultimate tour!

  10. Ed September 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    What a great time, I toured the Shanghai tunnels years ago and the history was intoxicating…would love to experience this as well!

  11. Sandra September 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    love history

  12. Laura September 6, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

    I would love to learn more about my new city! Pick me please! :)

  13. Heidi September 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    I hear if you take a million pictures at the end, you’ll capture ghosts. I want to try this.

  14. Jittery Jennifer September 6, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    HELL-o, foolish mortals of PDX Pipeline!

    My deaddy and I are a gruesome twosome who delight in learning about the devilish side of Portland’s peculiar past. We would have a ghoulishly good time being a part of this tour.

    Bugs and hisses and best witches to us all!

  15. Marcela September 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    Because I’ve lived in this city for years and have yet to learn about it’s sordid past!

  16. Judy September 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I am a Portland native and still haven’t got to check out the shady side of old Portland. Send me off for an interesting evening!

  17. Brittanie McGurk September 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

    I love this stuff!

  18. Aleks September 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    This sounds creepy-cool!

  19. Perry September 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    I want to know which bars used to have access points

  20. Mikey B September 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    Kick @$$ Oregon History is one of my favorite podcasts. Send me!

  21. Jeffrey September 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    I love KAOH, and I want to go on Doug’s “underground tour” because it won’t be total bullshit

  22. Karen C September 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Shanghai me.

  23. jimbobber September 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    There’s tunnels in Portland? I gotta check ’em out!

  24. Bobbie September 8, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    This sounds like a good time!

  25. Carnitas Alfonso September 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    4 real tho i need this…i gotta know the truth…shanghai my life

  26. Ponder nerosis September 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    My wife and I need and want to be kicked in the historical @$$es of Oregon and then shanghaied out of our misery from the political waste land in our political news. Take us to a higher place of respect and dignity- that we deserve. We plead to here of a time with much higher integrity then we can find between candidates of today. Carry on!

  27. Lance W September 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Saloons, Bars, and Bordellos Oh Boy!

  28. Claire September 9, 2016 at 12:33 am #

    I have some friend coming to town from Peru that would love this!

  29. Melanie Incles September 9, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    This would be a great birthday date for my husband and me.

  30. Laura McNamara September 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    I LOVE WALKING TOURS! And I’ve wanted to see this guy in action forever!

  31. Jessica September 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Walking tour in Portland? Count me in!

  32. Cindy R September 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Sounds like a great way to get a start on my birthday shanagans!

  33. Alicia September 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    Heck yeah! Right up my alley.

  34. Nicholas Hilton September 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Ooh cool.

  35. Megumi September 10, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    I would love to discover Portland with a tour!

  36. Cari September 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m new to Portland and this sounds like a fun way to learn about the city!

  37. molli vandehey September 12, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    this is just the sort of creepy bizarre thing my guy and i would love to do for am uch needed date night!

  38. Jenny Jo September 12, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Thank you for the free ticket giveaway,I have always wanted to go on this tour. I would love to win tickets to this for my partner and I!

  39. Rae September 13, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Sounds super fun!

  40. Afton September 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun!

  41. mar September 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    This would be amazing!

  42. BEN LARSEN September 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Duuuude yes! Pick me! :-D

  43. Cassi Bell September 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    My favorite time of year!!! I’m new to Portland, this would be amazing!!!!!!!!!

  44. Lisa September 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Born and raised in Portland. Would love to know more about it’s history.

  45. ChickenLvr September 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Never have gone on a history of tour despite having grown up here. Would be fascinating to do me some learnin’

  46. Isabelle September 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    My mom did this solo when she was visiting but I had to work. ALSO because there are hardly any museums in town!

  47. Diana September 13, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Secrets and moments of hidden history what an exciting adventure! Imagine walking beneath the streets of the city!

  48. Stacey September 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    I’ve been digging Portland history lately. This would be awesome!!

  49. Maggie Brees September 14, 2016 at 2:26 am #

    One of my coworkers does these tours in his spare time! I would love to actually get to experience one. Lived here all my life but there is still much to learn about this city.

  50. Carol Ann September 14, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Learning the history of places I walk or drive by everyday helps me understand the challenges of the men and women from a different time and place. It can be exciting, thrilling, and depressing. Expanding my knowledge about the people from the past teaches me valuable lessons about myself and others. An experience worth the walk!

  51. Lauryl September 14, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    This would be super fun the last escape room I went to was in Rotterdam

  52. Ashley September 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    New to Oregon and would love to learn the history of my new home!

  53. Judy September 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Skullduggery is alive and waiting for me in Portland!

  54. molli vandehey September 15, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    this sjust sounds creepy cool, my kind of date!

  55. Tyson September 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    Gotta friend coming in from Vancouver B.C. would love to show them!

  56. Sonya September 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    This sounds fun! Let’s creep out.

  57. Rosy Zavala September 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Wow this would be a great scare for the Fall season

  58. Bill September 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    Skullduggery and Shenanigans! Sign me up! History should be experienced and not just read about. And yes I will join Doug for an adult beverage!

  59. Shaylene Stewart September 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    This would be perfect for my sister’s 24th birthday. Nothing like learning some interesting naughty history. Ptown love.

  60. Dan September 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Would love to get the history of this fine city

  61. Tanya F September 16, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Love this stuff , I was chosen for zoo concert and missed email !!! :(( Bf out of town this weekend I need something to do

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