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Outside Erickson's Saloon during the flood of 1894

Image: Oregon Historical Society, Or Hi 96220 (Used by Permission)

The Unstoppable August Erickson

August Erickson vs. the 1894 flood

Despite the arrival of the catastrophic Portland flood of 1894, bar-owner August Erickson was determined to keep his business afloat by operating his saloon on a barge for the duration of the flood.

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Doug Kenck-Crispin

Resident Historian, home of the podcast series Kick Ass Oregon History

Website: Kick Ass Oregon History

Doug Kenck-Crispin is the Ribald Resident Historian from 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!

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Oregon Experience: Erickson's Saloon

An Oregon Public Broadcasting website featuring Erickson's Saloon Read More

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