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Portland Radical History Tour

The following sites were selected and the text written by Kim Fern. The supporting material, including photos and web links, was added by members of the Lewis and Clark College Political Economy Program. As Kim Fern explains, "This tour is an attempt to show you some of what isn't shown, what has been left out of our city's heritage and our "movement's" memory. This is for you to take to the library or the Historical Society or to the City Archives and spend hours finding details that make your heart race. This will show you people, organizations, groups, and events that have inspired and changed us." There are many stops which have, unfortunately, been torn down. Those stops are marked with an asterisk (*).
BPA Office Takeover, 1975
BPA Office Takeover, 1975
Portland Radical History Bike Tour

The Political Economy Program
Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon

Portland Radical History Tour

The following sites were selected and the text written by Kim Fern. The supporting material, including photos and web links, was added by members of the Lewis and Clark College Political Economy Program. As Kim Fern explains, "This tour is an attempt to show you some of what isn't shown, what has been left out of our city's heritage and our "movement's" memory. This is for you to take to the library or the Historical Society or to the City Archives and spend hours finding details that make your heart race. This will show you people, organizations, groups, and events that have inspired and changed us."

There are many stops which have, unfortunately, been torn down. Those stops are marked with an asterisk (*).

1. 298 W Burnside (1907) & 241 SW Couch (1917)* - IWW Hall

The Portland IWW hall was raided on September 6, 1917, as part of a national campaign led by the U.S. Attorney General against the IWW. Records and membership cards were seized. This raid marked the beginning of working relations between the city police and federal authorities.

IWW Organizing Posters

John Reed on Portland's IWW Halls

2. 212 W Burnside (1910-1930?s)*- Tom Burn's watch shop

Tom Burns was known as the Mayor of Burnside. His watch shop housed a major lending library on labor history. Burns was an active IWW organizer throughout the free speech fights of 1913, and was jailed countless times. During the 1930s, he organized a weekly Tuesday night discussion group at SW. 4th and Alder.

Local Newspaper Coverage of Free Speech Struggle

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Dozens of more stops on Portland's Bike Tour of Radical City History

Maybe people would like to organize a radical bike tour. It could be a fund raiser.

homepage: homepage: http://www.lclark.edu/~polyecon/bike%20tour.htm

There have been 28.Nov.2004 16:49

me

Actually, there was a radical history bike tour not too long ago, maybe more than one. If the folks who organized it wanted to do another one, that would be sweet!

tom burns 28.Nov.2004 20:30

gk geekortes617@hotmail.com

Interesting, my father's name was Thomas Edward Burns, but he was born in 1906. He was involved in some radical activities, but my information is sketchy as I was adopted by another father. My father, Burns, was also a Merchant Marine based in Portland, OR. Any info on him would be appreciated.

Excellent Link! 29.Nov.2004 02:59

Varro

Of course, the history is not finished; there are several events in the past few years that could be included, and Indymedia archives are valuable to helping future historians. How are the archives being preserved for posterity?

Don't forget the Infoshop! 29.Nov.2004 19:31

Lucy Parsons

On that same block, 223 Freedom & Mutual Aid Center existed in the 1990's. 223 (aptly located at 223 W Burnside) was an anarchist infoshop, providing a hangout space, bookstore, and meeting area for anti-authoritarians and their allies. While that's not exactly ancient history, it's part of our radical lineage that seems to disappear from memory rapidly -- too bad, since there were plenty of lessons learned and friends made there.