Ghosts and spirits abound in western Oregon. The imprints of pioneers, soldiers, prostitutes, and murder victims haunt the places they trod in life, searching for loved ones, reliving joyful times, protecting favorite haunts, and seeking revenge. This guide, history, and comprehensive how-to offers tantalizing information about the lives, deaths, and locales of the Portland area’s lingering past.
Areas include Central Portland, East Portland communities, Vancouver and North Portland, communities south of Portland, and Oregon’s coastal communities. The infamous Shanghai Tunnels have long reverberated with the screams of kidnapped victims, doomed to a brief life of forced servitude. Lone Fir Cemetery is visited to this day by the spirits of the Chinese laborers, mental asylum inmates, and Civil War veterans who rest there. Thelma Taylor can sometimes be felt in Cathedral Park, under the St. John Bridge. Historical hotels still host the spirits of guests who died, sometimes by their own hand. Opera houses and ballrooms tell a happier story: the imprints left by decades of entertainment and energy can be felt even now. These sites, and many others, are vividly described, and entries include locations and contact information.
Informative sections cover what a ghost is, how it can manifest, ideal ghost sighting conditions, and types of imprints. Techniques included are preliminary historical research, physical and mental preparation, and the two primary schools of ghost hunting: the technical and psychic methods. The technical method section covers equipment use and suggestions, and the psychic method section discusses using your intuition and sensitivity to sense phenomena. Helpful appendixes include a sighting report form; suggested readings, videos, and websites; a list of tours and events; and a collection of area museums and historical societies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Dwyer, a native of northern California, has long been fascinated with local history and ghost stories. Though he works as a clinical specialist in cardiology, Dwyer rekindled his interest in paranormal phenomena after many years of clinical practice. Numerous inexplicable experiences in hospitals, cemeteries, and historic sites around the Bay Area led to extensive research that culminated in Ghost Hunter’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. Dwyer is the author of the multi-title Ghost Hunter’s Guide Series.
GHOST HUNTER’S GUIDE TO PORTLAND AND THE OREGON COAST
By Jeff Dwyer
HISTORY/United States/State & Local/Pacific Northwest
272 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
66 photos Appendixes Index
Ghost Hunter’s Guide Series
ISBN: 9781455621163 pb