The White Eagle Café & Saloon

THE WHITE EAGLE CAFE & SALOON
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

The story of The White Eagle Café & Saloon.

It was during the early 20th century in Portland’s Chinatown that men would leave their work at the docks and take the trolley up Mississippi Avenue shouting, “Next stop, bucket of blood!” This chant was in reference to the many fights that would erupt as any given night wore on to the wee hours of the morning. These types of evenings were commonplace, happening almost every night and it was always caused by the same men. These same men would often visit the White Eagle Café and Saloon although the name is misleading. Men did not come here to get lunch or dinner but rather to visit one of the two brothels that were located here.

The White Eagle consists of two stories and during this time, the upstairs was a brothel filled with white women and the basement was a brothel filled with black and Chinese women. There was one girl who worked in the brothels by the name of Rose. Rose was well-known throughout the brothels as she was considered to be the sole property of the owner of the brothel. There was one customer however who fell deeply in love with Rose and begged her to leave her world of abuse and run away with him. Rose was far too frightened to stand up to her owner and so she refused the man. He became very angry and stabbed her in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Rose had most likely spent a lot of time in the bedroom that she was killed in and it seems as though she has chosen to live out the rest of her spirit life there as well. Rose constantly wanders around the upstairs level of the once-ago brothel and she particularly likes to spend time in the room that was the setting for the last moments of her life. Some guests while staying there have claimed that they have been approached by Rose during their stay and that she has propositioned them while there.

There is another spirit who once inhabited the home as an earthly form but this time, it’s a man that has decided to stick around. His name is Sam and he was brought into the home as a young boy and lived and grew up there, doing odd jobs around the home. He still called the house his home until he was an old man and even now his shadow can sometimes be seen on the exterior of the home as well as around certain areas of the home. Sam’s bedroom was kept as a sort of shrine to him after his death and although it still remains very similar to the way Sam kept it while he lived there, there have been miscellaneous items found taken out of his bedroom and placed in other rooms. One of the previous owners decided to close the upstairs off entirely when he could no longer enter the bedrooms up there. It seems that the doors to the rooms would all stand wide open, apparently ready to welcome visitors but whenever he was about to enter one, the door would close and it would feel as though someone was pushing and holding it shut from the other side.

The basement was where the real horror of the salon lay. It was here that the black and Chinese women were kept as slaves and used as prostitutes to make money for the owners of the saloon. But not only women suffered here. Men were also sent through tunnels so that they could be sold as ship hands to the river just a little ways away. Besides the fear, anger and sadness that can be felt just standing in the basement, other strange happenings have occurred here including a waitress that was pushed downstairs, seemingly by no one, coins falling from ceiling, and earthquakes that seemed to only affect the building. There’s no doubt that the White Eagle Café has a very sad history and there are still inhabitants here that want to make sure that that history is known!


The White Eagle Café & Saloon

The White Eagle Café & Saloon

The White Eagle Café & Saloon

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