Win Tickets ($36): Pride & Father’s Day Weekend Walking Tour of 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 16. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 14.


From our partners:
Portland Walking ToursShanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past
June 16, 2019
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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15 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Pride & Father’s Day Weekend Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past on the Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery Tour | w/ Kick A** Oregon History Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin

  1. Angie Agerter June 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    I love learning local history and being able to see where things took place would be fun.

    • Kath June 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

      It be great to know the history of the city from a known historian and a nice gift for Papa

  2. Curtis Samuels June 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

    . I’d like to go to learn more about Portland’s history.

    • Gena Wallace June 13, 2019 at 9:29 am #

      I would love to learn tid bits and wonderful stories of this city. What a treat. How long is this tour? I would truly enjoy a lecture stroll on Stumptown.

  3. Andrea June 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

    New to Portland and really interested in it’s history!

  4. Lynn June 7, 2019 at 3:35 am #

    I’ve always wanted to check this out!

  5. Lisa Kendall June 8, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    As a fifth generation Oregonian, I would love to learn more about my city. What a cool idea for Father’s Day.

  6. Ron T. June 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

    I’d love to attend the Weekend Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past on the Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery.
    Even more of a treat is Doug Kenck-Crispin. I can’t think of a better time after a parade than this. Please pick me.

  7. Beth Pharis June 9, 2019 at 8:45 am #

    No better father’s day gift for my husband.

  8. Lori Bjornstrom June 11, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

    I am a Portland native & I haven’t ever gotten to go on that tour…but would ❤ to!!!

  9. coleman June 11, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

    What?!?! I just watched a doc that had this underground portland stuff in it. We are newer here and would totally love to explore this!

  10. Lori Owen June 13, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    When it come to my fiancé he is a total history addict. He says there is never enough history to learn about. The more Knowledge You have the better off you are in life. The last few gathers days have not been to great on him and I know if we win tickets he would just love it. So please pick me.

  11. Regan June 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

    This would be so much fun! I love walking tours, and portland history is fascinating!!

  12. Debbie June 14, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    How cool would this be!

  13. Ray June 14, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

    We are excited about our upcoming trip to Portland. This is the special tour that my daughter requested and is looking forward to! This would be the perfect birthday gift!!

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