Wicked Portland Amazon page Wicked Portland Amazon page Read Facebook page View Twitter feed Wicked Portland Amazon page Introduction: About the book and how to use it Chapter One: A wide-open frontier city Chapter Two: Portland's municipal rascal Chapter 3: Portland's saloons and gambling dens Chapter 4: North End Girls Chapter 5: America's worst shanghaiing city Chapter 6: Fixing the police Chapter 7: Mayors behaving badly Chapter 8: World's dumbest drug smugglers Chapter 9: Wicked politics Chapter 10: The end of the golden age About the author Switch to mobile-device version of this page Switch to mobile-device version of this page Go to home page The Lost Chapter By Finn J.D. John


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Portland's Municipal Rascal:

Introducing Jonathan Bourne Jr.

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This fold-out poster of Portland, published in 1879, shows the Portland that greeted Jonathan Bourne Jr. when he first set foot in his new hometown, stepping off the gangplank of a ship that had carried him over from the Far East, where he'd been stranded by shipwreck. Portland would never be the same .... (Image: Library of Congress)

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The man himself — Jonathan Bourne Jr. as he appeared in the 1880s, sporting the most spectacular moustache in town. (Image: Oregon Historical Society)

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A lovely hand-tinted image of ships in the Portland Harbor during the 1880s or 1890s; some of these ships may actually have been whaling barques.The noticeable absence of oceangoing steamships from this image suggests it's on the older side. (Image: Oregon State University archives)

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The clubhouse of the posh, plutocrats-only Arlington Club as it appeared in the 1910s. Bourne was a charter member of the club. (Image: City of Portland Archives)