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Interview with Finn J.D. John, Author of Wicked Portland

June 18, 2012


A political cartoon critical of Portland’s police, published in 1889. Courtesy of The West Shore

In its early days, Portland, Oregon, was home to a colorful cadre of shore bound sailors, rich ruffians, corrupt politicians, sketchy footpads, and pitch-stained loggers. In this interview with History Press West, Finn J.D. John discusses the rowdy characters from Portland’s past and shares some of the stories that didn’t quite make it to the […]

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History Press Announces Wicked Portland Book

May 8, 2012


Spectators watch a faro game in 1910 in Reno, Nevada. Library of Congress

Every city has its skeletons, and Portland, Oregon–the one-time shanghai capital of the world–is no exception. This summer, The History Press is delighted to represent the seamier side of the Rose City in Finn J. D. John’s Wicked Portland: The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town. As Doug Kenck-Crispin asserts in the […]

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