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Portland Noir: A look at what really happened in Portland's sordid past | Oregon Experience

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From kidnapped sailors to opium dens, Portland's past is legendary. But how much of it is true?

Portland's past is filled with tales of kidnapped sailors and opium dens. In the mid1800s, Portland served as a major Northwest trading center. With a population of mostly young male migratory workers, the town gained a reputation for violence and lawlessness. Over the years, stories of the era have taken on legendary proportions. "Portland Noir" unveils the true story of the city's sordid history.

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