Our four standard online-bookable tours are 90 minutes in length and are moderate, level walks for all abilities. All tours are designed as loops with unique start points, ending at the same place where you meet your guide. The Nob Hill and Slabtown tours are offered back to back so guests can have the opportunity to experience the upper-class and working-class sections of our neighborhood on the same day.
Adults: $25 / Seniors (65+): $18 / Youths/Children: $10 / Tots (5 and under): Free / Tour reservations are required. Book now on Eventbrite, or call 503-206-4676.
TOURS DURING COVID-19
Join us for walking tours year-round. We are excepting expired gift cards-we get it you were staying safe at home. Tours capacity is reduced for our 2020 walking tour season. Tours guests are limited to groups of 6 people for history tours and groups of 10 people for ghost tours. The Nob Hill tours have shifted to 9am to avoid crowded sidewalks. Starting June 24, 2020 the Governor of Oregon requires Multnomah County to wear masks indoors-our guide will wear a masks or face shield and we ask guests over the age of 2 to wear masks. We are finding that many "public" restrooms we have accessed in the past ten years have closed; we strongly recommend using a restroom prior to arrival for your tour.
Check out all of our virtual tour videos on the Slabtown Tours YouTube channel, and subscribe to our mailing list below for the latest updates. For more immediate details or special requests please call 503.206.4676, we can arrange affordable private tours and answer additional questions.
Our walking tour schedule and routes will continue to adapt for the safety of our guests and guide.
Gift certificates for tours can still be purchased for future use.
Thank you to all our T-shirt supporters and gift certificate purchasers.
Tanya Lyn March (Owner & Tour Guide)
VIDEO TOURS WITH TANYA MARCH AND OTHER PORTLAND EXPERTS
Slabtown gets its name from slab wood — the rounded, exterior parts of logs cut away to square off lumber — produced as a popular form of heating fuel in the early 1900s by lumber mills of the neighborhood. We share with you numerous historic images of lost buildings and take you past existing historic sites, including the oldest house on NW23rd, the former sites of the Vaughn Street Ballpark, historic streetcar rails, the entrance of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Fair, and the world's greatest log cabin. Slabtown is a traditional working class neighborhood that is rapidly changing. The neighborhood was once redlined and targeted for everything from am urban renewal area to a freeway.
The tour is offered on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays at 2 p.m. Private tours can be scheduled for any time of day by email request. 24-hour advanced reservations for individuals and gift card holder are encouraged. For the safety of all we are requiring masks at this time.
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Our expert guide will show you the highlights of Portland's Nob Hill. The walking tour route guests beside some of the grand merchant homes of the 1890s and apartments built for the post Lewis and Clark building boom. The tour loops back to the starting point along the "Trendy 23rd" Street Shopping district, highlighting the evolution of this early streetcar commercial corridor. Nob Hill was named after the San Francisco area, and has become one of Portland's trendiest shopping areas. The neighborhood is known for fabulous tax-free shopping, great coffee and amazing verity of food. Many restaurants have added healthy street seating.
This 90-minute tour is offered twice a week year-round, every Saturday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Day-ahead reservations are encouraged.
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ST. JOHNS TOUR
St. Johns is a neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, located in North Portland on the tip of the peninsula formed by the confluence of the Willamette River and the Columbia River. It started as a separate, incorporated city that is now widely know for it amazing bridge, Jazz Festival, annual parade, and historic main street. This walk has some steep grades so bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle. The tour starts at the community center, built in 1942 as a community center for WWII defense housing and relocated to the current location.
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Experience Portland's paranormal heritage as we investigate several local ghost stories gathered from homeowners, alienists, and newspaper accounts. The tour stops at three locations where the spirits are known to be less than peaceful. This tour takes place on Halloween, Fridays and Saturdays in the last two weeks of October, and every Friday the 13th.
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Portland: One of the best ways to get to know the city is via walking tours. Put Slabtown Tours on your radar for when you have visiting friends or family or just want to get out and about and know a little more of the Portland story. Tanya is an amazing resource of knowledge...history and local lore that should be shared with every Portlander.
Tanya is the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to historical buildings in Portland! Highlighting both flashy and gritty facts, her tours cover many eras. This is a can’t-miss if you like hearing the history behind the city you are enjoying. (And ask her about local museum displays — she points you to all the best ones!)
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Slabtown Picture Show & Virtual History Talk
Thursday, October 15th
Join Norman Gholston, one of the authors of Portland's Slabtown, to hear about the era from the area's land claims through the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exhibition of 1905. "In Portland's first decades, the northwest side remained dense forests. Native Americans camped and Chinese immigrants farmed around Guild's Lake. In the 1870s, Slabtown acquired its unusual name when a lumber mill opened on Northrup Street. The mill's discarded log edges were a cheap source of heating and cooking fuel. This slabwood was stacked in front of working-class homes of employees of pottery, the docks, icehouses, slaughterhouses, and lumber mills. Development concentrated along streetcar lines."
Tanya Lyn March Ph.D. owner of Slabtown Tours will cover the eras from WWI to the 1980s. Highlighting Friendly House, the redlining map of 1937, the Vaughn Street Urban Renewal Area, the 5,000 Black residents in WWII housing in Guild's Lake, the fight to stop the I-505 and the effort to save The Good Old Homes.
Don't miss this chance to learn about the rich local history of the neighborhood!
6-7:15pm | Thursday, October 15 | via Zoom | Free | Registration required | Call or email Denise Lafond to register and for information about how to access the event online: 503-935-5286 or [email protected] ...
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