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August Erickson, Proprietor, in 1905

Image: City of Portland Archives, A2004-001.232 (Used by permission)

Erickson's: Yesterday and Today

An ornate, fancy place for working men

Looking at the storefront today, it's hard to imagine the huge chandeliers and tapestries that once decorated the florid, ornate interior of Erickson's Saloon. The building has changed dramatically from when it was in operation over 100 years ago.

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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!

More Information:

Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Experience: Erickson's Saloon

An Oregon Public Broadcasting website that features Erickson's Saloon. Read More

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