Image: City of Portland Archives, A2004-002.401 (Used by permission)
A Transient Population
The mobile workforce of the 1880s
By the late 19th Century, up to 25% of Portland's population lived in hotels and boarding houses. Bars such as Erickson's Saloon and Blaziers helped working men spend their hard-earned cash.
As Told By...
ORHistory.com, home of the podcast series Kick Ass Oregon History
Website: Kick Ass Oregon History
Doug Kenck-Crispin is the Ribald Resident Historian from www.orhistory.com. He researches, writes and co-produces the bi-weekly podcast series Kick Ass Oregon History, recently featured in the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly and The Oregonian. He has a BA in History, and is nearing completion of his MA in Public History, with an emphasis on the History of the Pacific Northwest (Portland State University). A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Doug enjoys a good yarn — the more outlandish and unseemly the better — especially when they are true!