When vice and scandal are all fun and games.
Portland, Oregon began as a town of itinerant young men who had no shortage of diversions at the end of the workday. This city grew up with lots of revelry and little regulation. After the last tree fell in logging season and after the workday ended on the docks, those young men broke out the cards. Saloon culture quickly took hold in Portland, offering alcohol, sex, gambling, and other diversions. This book traces the storied and scandalous history of Portland, from the underground and elite saloons and gambling rings to the vice, scandal, and fun they brought. Readers will meet the impresarios, gangsters, and racketeers who colored Portland’s history.
Joe Streckert is an independent journalist from Portland, Oregon. His work has been published by McSweeney's, Nerve.com, Not For Tourists, Comic Book Resources, and The Daily Journal of Commerce. Joe is a founding member of Stumptown Stories and the host of The Weird History Podcast.