55. The Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, Oregon

If you have an interest in the history of Portland, Oregon, the odds are that you have heard of the Shanghai Tunnels. If you are interested in the paranormal, then odds are that you have heard they are haunted. In this episode, Matt talks about how commerce, tall tales, and xenophobia collide with notions of innocence and victimization in developing the folklore concerning these subterranean features.

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

Some photos taken in Nina’s basement taken

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Show Notes and Sources

Atlas Obscura

The Culture Trip




History Daily



Legends of America

NBC 16

New York Times

Old Town Brewing

Only in Your State

Oregon Encyclopedia

Oregon Live

The Oregonian

Portland Ghosts

The Portland Mercury 

Portland’s Lost Waterfront


Puzzlebox Horror

Tillamook Headlight Herald

Willamette Week

Hauk, Dennis William. 2002. Haunted Places: The National Directory: Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings and Other Supernatural Locations. Penguin Books, NY.

Smitten, Susan. 2001. Ghost Stories of Oregon. Lone Pine Publishing International, Auburn, WA.

Poole, W. Scott. 2022. Dark Carnivals: Modern Horror and the Origins of American Empire. Counterpoint, Berkeley, CA. 

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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