The Freebie Travel Guide to Western Oregon escorts you to renown but sometimes obscure attractions that are available to savor without the burden of admission fees (unless indicated otherwise). Featured are attractions known to insiders with unconventional tastes that provide legitimate insight into what distinguishes Western Oregon. Many of the accompanying stories once made international headline news. Several of the profiles were once known exclusively only to locals.
This guide not only photographs each location, but also provides specific background commentary, addresses and locations where each profile may be accessed. There is no equivalent touring guide that exposes both the aesthetic and gritty in such explicit fashion.
If you are bored by limp and uninspiring travel advice, this guide is ideal for the restless searcher looking for something unique and different. Paranormal activity sometimes accompanies at no extra charge. The Freebie Travel Guide to Western Oregon includes:
Historical Sightseeing and Destinations
Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Historic Columbia River Highway, International Rose Test Garden, Haystack Rock, Devil’s Churn, Oregon Sand Dunes National Park, Battle Rock, Cape Meares Lighthouse, Seaside Carousel, Crystal Ballroom, Erickson’s, Fish Peddler, Haceta Head Lighthouse, Highway 101 Roadway Collapse, Octopus Tree, Sand Lake Recreation Area, Tillamook Creamery, Whale Bones Sculpture and Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Henry Alber’s German Tavern Songs, Crystal Hotel, Dude Ranch, Portland’s Great Fire of 1873, Michael Grave’s Portland Building, Golden West Hotel, Lownsdale Park, Mayor Harry Lane, The Johnson Family, Liverpool Lil, Alice Oberle Celtic Burial Cross, Open Door Vice Reform, Oregon State Hospital, Club Continental Baths, 1917 Portland Mayor’s Election, Richards Restaurant, Sambo’s, Opium Trade and Vanport
Witches Castle, White Eagle Saloon, Astoria, Edgefield, Fairview Training Center, Hollywood Theatre and Kell’s Irish Restaurant
Crime and Murder
Frank Akin Assassination, Tammy Albertson and Joan Leigh Hall’s Disappearances, Murders of Ashley Benson, Nancy Bergeson, Rhonda Castro, Aaron Danielson, Laura Foster, Guy Phillips, Sergeant Jason Goodding, Wendy Hildreth, Diane Hank, Julie Herman, Kathleen Parks, Diane Wyckoff, Police Officer Chris Kilcullen, Anne Jeanne Tingry-Le-Coz, Tim Moreau, Roma Ollison, Jason Scott Williams and Eric Tamiyasu, Bowden Bomb, Clackamas Town Center Shooting, Portland’s Court of Death, Pioneer Delaney Murder and Hanging, Diane Downs, Oregon Prison Director Michael Francke, Michelle Dee Gates, Superintendent of Police Holly Holcomb’s Murder, Kip Kinkel’s High School Shooting Rampage, Robert Paul Langley, Frank Kodat’s Gang, Christian Longo, Seaside Thrill Killings, Oregon’s Last Executed Killer, Skinheads Fatal Beating, Mystery Disappearance of Murderer Tyrom Theis, Abduction and Killing Under St. Johns Bridge, Wasco County Jail Strangling, 1946 Willamette River Floating torso, Brooke Wilberger’s Abduction and Murder and The Zone Nightclub Shooting
Bobby Jack Fowler, Ted Bundy, Jerry Brudos, Dark Strangler, William Scott Smith, Ward Weaver III and Eugene Serial Killer Mystery
Kelly’s Olympian Bar, Dan and Louis Oyster Bar, Boneyard, Mary’s Club, Merchants Hotel, Multnomah Hotel, Society Hotel and Blagen Building
Political Fixer John Bourne, Writer Louis Bryant, Crime Boss Big Jim Elkins, Right to Death Advocate Brittany Maynard and Writer John Reed
Astoria-Megler, Bullards, Cape Creek, Isaac Lee Patterson, Conde McCullough Memorial, Vista and Yaquina Bay Bridges