Wicked Portland: The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town

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Tucked away in the northwestern frontier, Portland offered all the best vices: opium dreams, gambling, cheap prostitutes, and drunken brawling. In its early days, Portland was a "combination rough-and-ready logging camp and gritty, hard-punching deep-water port town," and as a young city (established in the late 1840s) it developed an international reputation for lawlessness and violence. In the early 1900s, the British and French governments filed formal complaints about Portland to the US state department, and Congressional testimony from the time cites Portland as the worst place in the world for crimping. Today, tours of the alleged Shanghai Tunnels offer Portland visitors a taste of that seedy past.
ISBN: 9781609495787
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Oregon
Series: Wicked
Images: 47
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Finn J.D. John (finnjohn.com or @offbeatoregon on Twitter) is from Oregon's north Willamette Valley and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School in southeast Portland. Since 2008, Finn, a longtime newspaper reporter and editor, has produced a weekly syndicated column titled "Offbeat Oregon History, " which is published in thirteen different Oregon community newspapers around the state. Finn teaches new media communications at Oregon State University and is a public historian by avocation. He maintains a website at www.offbeatoregon.com as both a public history resource and a laboratory in which to experiment with trans-media franchise building and social media tools. Currently the "Offbeat Oregon" franchise includes a daily RSS news feed and iTunes podcast feed optimized for smartphone use, an active Facebook page and a Twitter feed; future plans include an Instagram account and a YouTube channel. He is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book about ex-president and former Oregonian Herbert Hoover, who, before becoming the most hated president of the twentieth century, saved the entire nation of Belgium from starving to death during World War II. Finn lives near Albany with his wife, Natalie, and son, Nathaniel.
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