Scary Haunts & Trails

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The author of "Unique Eats and Eateries of Portland", Adam Sawyer talked about his favorite scary haunts and trails.

Benson Hotel: in downtown Portland is reported to be haunted by a number of spirits including the hotel's owner, Simon Benson, who built it in 1912. Also an excellent bar, featuring rare Circassian walnut woodwork from Russia.

Old Town Pizza & Brewing: Reportedly haunted by a ghost named Nina, a prostitute who was murdered in the elevator shaft of the building in the late 1800s when it was then the location of the original Merchant Hotel. Also, great pizza, pasta, and award-winning beer (Shanghai’d IPA just won gold at the North American Beer Awards.)

Tryon Creek State Park: A nature preserve where people have reported hearing the sound of horses whinnying and disembodied voices of men. Many believe it is haunted by the ghosts of loggers who worked in the area in the late 1800s. Also, plenty of great hiking, like the 5.7-mile Outer Loop hike.

Lone Fir Cemetery: Hard to get spookier than a cemetery. The Lone Fir is one of the city’s oldest continuously used cemeteries. Also, it is Portland’s second largest Arboretum and the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetary also offer a variety of historical tours.

McMenamins’ White Eagle Saloon & Hotel: Lovingly referred to as the “Bucket of Blood” for its reputation for violent brawls back in the early 1900’s, the White Eagle has two notable spirits these days: Sam, adapted by the saloon owner at the age of 10. And Rose, a prostitute murdered at the hotel when it was a brothel. Also, it’s a great place to catch live music.