Portland Shanghai Tunnel
In recent weeks it has come to my attention that certain parties are using my ghost stories and those of my contributors as references for their own commercial enterprises. If you or someone you know is writing a book on ghosts in the Pacific Northwest, PLEASE DO NOT!!! copy or use the following stories or any other materials within this website as references.
Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)
In the last few years, many people have become interested in the paranormal. Their interests range from taking on the role of dedicated ghost hunters, to recreational ghost hunting. The latter usually takes the form or planning vacations around haunted locales, such as hotels and restaurants, and going on ghost walks. Because I have written on ghostly tourism, I receive emails from many people about where the ghost tours are, and how good are they? It is sometimes difficult for me to keep track of this growing industry, so I am asking for reader's help.
Below I have links to different ghost walks. Click on the link and it will take you to pages with more information on each walk. These descriptions are from the organizations who put the walks on. I do not necessarily endorse the walk, or what the description says. This information and the graphics used as icons are the property of the tour owners.
I hope that readers will contact me and add comments after they take the various walks. When you comment, try and be precise and to the point. Please do not use profanity, or I cannot post your emails. Please suggest other walks that I can add to this section.
Haunted Shanghai Tunnel Tours
WHAT ARE TODAY'S "PORTLAND UNDERGROUND" TOURS
These are educational tours of the infamous "Portland Underground" that focuses on the shanghai trade in the City of Portland that survived from 1850-1941, as well as "white slavery", prohibition, and even the turn-of-the-century history of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) labor movement in the Northwest. In addition, the early history of the Chinese is covered, along with the Japanese and the Gypsies. These tours are operated by the Cascade Geographic Society (CGS) and provide a unique glimpse back into the hidden (or buried) past of the "City of Roses".
WHAT DO THE "PORTLAND UNDERGROUND" TOURS CONSIST OF?
The tour takes approximately an hour and a half, and participants are with a guide at all times. The tour-goers receive an above-ground orientation, and then the guide will lead participants into the "Portland Underground", where they will receive the majority of the historical and oral history about this infamous maritime practice that gave Portland a notorious reputation throughout the world. Tour participants must be able to handle stairs that lead to and from this hidden world. In addition, there will be dust, dirt, musty smells, and anything else that would be associated with this type of environment, so if you need a dust mask, please bring one. Also, at each station people will be required to stand for at least 15 minutes at a time in order to receive the necessary information. Also, the "Portland Underground" is constantly in transition as more and more sections are opened or restored, which is why some people have taken this tour several times.
The "Shanghai Tunnels Ghost Tours" which are given only upon at least one week advance request . "Northwest Paranormal Investigations" has proclaimed that the shanghai tunnels are the most haunted place in Oregon and, perhaps, the most haunted place on the West Coast. Given upon request!
Meet at: Hobo's Restaurant, 120 N.W. Third Avenue, Portland, Oregon. If you patronize the restaurant as a customer prior to your tour, let the waiter know and we will find you in the restaurant. If you're not a restaurant customer, please meet ten minutes prior to your tour outside Hobo's on the sidewalk. [DIRECTIONS: Located two and a half blocks north of West Burnside, between N.W. Couch & N.W. Davis Streets.] The restaurant staff does not schedule or lead the tours; pre-arranged tours are available only through us, at 503-622-4798.
1 -- RESERVATION:
A must in order to attend! This places you on our attendance list but does not
hold your place unless you pre-pay. However, we are usually able to get everyone
who has confirmed onto the tours.