Vampire Ball. My friend and I decided to go down Friday night and enjoy a little more of Portland. Our favorite way to learn about a new city? Take a ghost tour of course! There's no better way to get a quick and entertaining bit of history and culture than a good ghost tour. We had heard about the Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour and decided to give it a go.
The tour began at Old Town Pizza with a discussion of the "Shanghai Tunnels." If you've ever seen any of the paranormal shows that go to Portland they're always going on about the Shanghai Tunnels. The story is that the basements of Portland were interconnected so drunkards could be abducted and made to work on ships in the Pacific. This story makes for great dramatizations, so it's what the tv shows go with. In truth, the tunnels were made to deal with the periodic flooding of the Willamette River (that bisects the town). They've been almost completely sealed off since the 70s and now the "tunnels" are about 3-5 foot long cubbies. Not so spooky. I appreciate that this was the kind of tour to actually make that sort of clarification rather than going for the easy scare.
All in all it was a very fun tour and I highly recommend it. So next time you're in Portland, take the late night Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour.