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Portland, Oregon

Shanghai Tunnel Social

Explore the historic Portland underground, then resurface for the earthy delights of oysters and whiskey.

Explore the underground secrets of Portland's dark past this Obscura Day on a very special excursion into the infamous Shanghai Tunnels. 

From 1850 to 1941, Portland was considered one of the most dangerous ports in the world and earned the moniker "Forbidden City of the West." The Portland Underground, commonly referred to as the "Shanghai Tunnels," was a series of bar and hotel basements linked to each other and to the Willamette River docks by an intricate system of tunnels under the city streets. These tunnels were used for legitimate practices, such as keeping ships' supplies out of the rain and away from the heavy traffic above. But far more illicit deeds were carried out in the tunnels as well.

This Obscura Day, we'll venture beneath the streets of Old Town Portland with the Cascade Geographic Society to discuss the city's hidden history before resurfacing for a very special Oyster Social hosted by the culinary masterminds behind Tournant. Toast Portland's past in the Shanghai Tunnels Museum, housed in a former saloon, while enjoying oysters from Nevør Shellfish Farm and sampling local spirits from Bull Run Distillery!

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