Portland's Dark Past: Shanghai Tunnels of Portland
By | August 9, 2018
Beneath the streets of Portland, Oregon, there is a series of hidden tunnels. These 150-plus year old tunnels connected the basements and cellars of several of the city’s oldest establishments, primarily hotels, saloons, and taverns. Although some claimed the tunnels were designed to transport goods and products from cargo ships in the port into the city proper, and to transfer goods more easily between businesses, the tunnel system had a much more sinister use. In the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, the city of Portland, Oregon, earned a reputation for being the Shanghai Capital of the World…thanks, in part, to the Shanghai Tunnels.
Unsuspected Men Were Commonly “Shanghaied”
During the golden age of sailing, Portland, Oregon, was a small town with a big port. Sailing ships from all across the Pacific Ocean docked in Portland to unload cargo or enjoy a night on the town.