The Quirky Un-tours of Portland

A City That Dares to be Weird!

Off-season tours available by appointment — just call 503 298-3661

Sin City South. . . a morning tour

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The War Zone — featuring the litter, trash and disorder you left home to avoid.

“Amazing!” F & H, New Jersey

In 2019 protesters torched our statue of our anorexic elk, (though why no one knows). Afterwards, a local protester carried the sign below in protest, stating that ruminants lives . . . well you can read it. In addition to elk, cows, horses, and sheep are ruminants. As are vegetarians.

Our infamous 1.5-hour long walking Un-tour including all the drama of War Zone Portland as featured on Faux News, Gnus-Max and other quazi-reputable news sources — including boarded up windows, missing statues, abandoned buildings, litter, filth, graffiti, homeless encampments — plus all the normal weird stuff that makes Portland Portland.

Just so you know, in 2019 protesters torched a brass statue of an elk here in PDX, (though why no one knows). Afterwards, a local protester carried this sign in protest, stating that ruminants lives . . . well you can read it. In addition to elk, cows, horses, and sheep are ruminants. As are vegetarians.

Featuring ~

  • Downtown’s Haunted Hotel.
  • The World’s Smallest City Park.
  • The Case of the Anorexic Elk.
  • An amazing Trompe-l’œil mural.
  • Are Fort Sumpters’ Mortars in a PDX park?
  • Portland’s Iron-Front Architecture — the second largest collection outside Manhattan Island. 
  • The Salmon Springs Nude Bathing & Wash Station.
  • The Mystery of the Abandoned Civic Buildings.
  • Who stole Abe & Teddy? after roasting them?

Limit of 15 Guests per tour.

Sin City North. . . an afternoon tour

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Old Town Portland — The Most Dangerous port city in the world of the 1890’s

featuring — Shanghaied in Portland

Join us on a 1.5 hour, small group walking tour of 1890’s Portland when it was named the most dangerous seaport in the world by the governments of Britain, France and Germany – and Shanghaied sailors.

Over 2,216 English Sailors were kidnapped between 1896 and 1900 in Portland and forced to work as merchant sailors in the most frightening conditions where death was just one misstep away.

Featuring —

Featuring ~

  • The remnants of the largest China Town in the U.S.
  • A short history of the Portland Police Department and the crimes our men in blue were forced to commit just to survive.
  • The “Bright Center of Portland” in the 1890’s where nearly 10,000 women worked as prostitutes and 10,000 single men lived.
  • Discover the waterfront where over 600 riverboats moored between trips from Astoria, Idaho and even to the Arctic Circle on the Columbia River.
  • And of course, we point out all the intriguing sites where Shanghaiing was carried out. In the 1890s it was a major growth industry here leading to Portland being considered the most dangerous sea port in the world. Not bad when you consider that 50 years earlier there was no one living here. At all. Just a crowd of elk. Seriously. How did this sweet little city become so corrupt in such a short time?

Limit of 15 Guests per tour.

All tours starting next to Starbucks Coffee at S.W. Broadway and Morrison on Pioneer Courthouse Square. Call 503 298-3661 for schedule, availability and reservations.

Tours operate year-round!

Off-season tours by appointment. June through October schedule:

The Quirky Walking tour of Portland: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Old Town Portland tour plus Shanghaied in Portland: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Price: $35.00 per guest payable by U.S. currency, credit card or debit card on-site prior to commencement of tour.

For schedule, availability and reservations call

503 298-3661

pdxtourguides@gmail.com

SinCity Portland Walking Tours

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For questions or reservations, call 503 298-3661

MASKS Recommended * Social Distancing Recommended

All tours start next to Starbucks Coffee at S.W. Broadway and Morrison on Pioneer Courthouse Square. Call 503 298-3661 for schedule, availability and reservations

Walking Tours of 1.0 to 2.0 miles at nice easy pace (Hey, we’re old farts and just can’t walk that fast).

More fun than shopping.” F.W., Florida

True Stories of Old Portland — The Most Dangerous Seaport in the World

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Portland’s Trail of Tears

Scowtown Portland — Life on the Willamette

Meet the (Weird) First Oregonian

The Myth of Shanghai Tunnels in Portland