Did you know that deep underneath the streets of Portland there are a series of tunnels, with a fascinating and sometimes mysterious past?
Well, there ARE - and lucky for you there is Shanghai Tunnels and Portland Underground Tours that will take you on a journey through one of the most fascinating and unique aspects of the city!
Where to begin? Well, how about some history?
Way back when, before Portland the "city" existed, it was a humble Victorian river town, yet already the dark past was emerging. You see, you might have just been having a drink in a saloon, or walking down the street, when you became the unsuspecting victim of a kidnapping, and being taken down into these tunnels and sold to work on the ships. Sometimes it took six years to return to Portland!
These educational tours will immerse you in the infamous "Portland Underground", with a focus on the Shanghai Trade that existed in the city from 1850 to 1941, as well as the white slavery mentioned above, prohibition (you've all heard of that!), as well as the turn of the century history of Industrial Workers of the World labor movement!
It's an incredible learning experience, not only of Portland's dark past, but also early history of the Chinese, Japanese and Gypsies in the region - it's an insight into the hidden past of this amazing city!
Did we mention you can also take a ghost tour too?
The tours last around 90 minutes, and by the end of it you will be an expert on the city's notorious reputation and infamous maritime past! You will see underground holding cells, to unearthed artifacts and even get to experience a walk-through remnant of an actual shanghai tunnel.
Are you ready to journey into the dark and infamous past of Portland?