I've gone on a number of Portland Walking Tours but then last month I finally went on the Portland Underground Walking Tour. Kidnapping, forced labor, prostitution, gambling, racism and a SockMonkey Man....what else do you need?
This was the first "underground" tour I've ever been on but I know they exist in many other cities across the United States. I recommend, if you live in a city that offers them, or are traveling to a city that does, take an afternoon and sign up for the tour. You can never truly appreciate a modern/current city without fully accepting and knowing it's past.
|Learning about the history of old buildings I used to go by every day when I worked in downtown and never knew the full history of... taverns, gambling halls, "seamstresses" and flop houses.|
|Underground tunnels used by bootleggers and shanghai proprietors still exist under Portland today.|
|Portland's "modern" uniqueness....|