The city of Portland, Oregon was founded in 1845, incorporated on February 8, 1851, and the charter creating the city became effective April 6, 1851. In my regular searches, I’ve turned up a number of photos of early saloons, bars and taverns in Portland and it seemed like today was as good a day as any to share them.
This is the Columbia Saloon, which served Henry Weinhard beer and had a bowling alley inside.
The Fountain Saloon, also known as Hergert’s Saloon, was located E Union and Russell. Henry Elias Hergert Sr. (1876-1937) is shown behind the bar.
The exterior of Hergert’s Saloon.
Another view inside Hergert’s Saloon.
The White Eagle Saloon, built in 1905. According to one source, it “was at once an opium den, bordello and wild watering hole, a trifecta that resulted in so many ugly bar fights that the place eventually earned the nickname ‘Bucket of Blood,'” and is considered haunted. “One spirit is blamed for most of the mischief: The ghost of Sam Warrick, an early White Eagle cook and bartender who spent his last days living above the bar. A ghost with a prankster side, he’s been known to toss large containers of mustard across the kitchen with great force, startling the cook who’s taken over his old post.”
Inside the White Eagle, which is now operated by McMenamins.
Erickson’s Saloon, built in the 1880s. Here’s a history of the place.
Erickson’s card room.
The Gem Saloon and Oro Fino Saloon and Theater, located on First Street between Oak and Stark, in 1876.
And finally, below is the Oregon Experience Documentary “Beervana,” about how beer culture has evolved in Portland. Happy Birthday Portland.
Jared Hager says
Awesome history. As a frequent visitor to the bars in Portland I love seeing history like this. The pictures are awesome. I’m definitely going to visit the White Eagle again.