The local history in Portland, OR

Have you heard about the seedy, sordid history of the Portland underworld? I am a bit of a history buff, not because it’s our job, just because I love it, but i learn lots of books, plus spend a lot of time doing deep-dive research on the computer, but between the libraries plus Google I always have more information than I can possibly handle.

After moving to Portland, OR a few months ago, I started to focus our studying on local history, plus found a treasure trove of fascinating stories.

In the 1940s plus 1950s, Portland was a notorious hub of criminal activity! Under the stern hand of a local gangster named Jim Elkins, Portland was the center of a substantial underground criminal organization that went up plus down the seaboard, elkins drew a lot of scrutiny on a national level for Portland, but the funny thing is that it didn’t seem to hurt the city’s image at all, then that same period of criminal activity was also a substantial boom in the local economy of Portland. There have been various books written about Elkins plus the Portland mob, but actually the most famous version of it is a movie called Portland Expose made in 1957. It is not an straight-forward movie to track down, but anyone interested in Portland history should check it out, then soon after Elkins is when the hippies migrated to Portland from down south, plus brought with them the cannabis that helped make this neighborhood famous in later years… Of course cannabis isn’t a criminal offense in Portland, OR, but it used to be.

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