Haunted Portland: Where ghosts come out to play

At Old Town Pizza Company on NW Davis Street, some say the spirit of a prostitute named Nina lives on. (Old Town Pizza)
At Old Town Pizza Company on NW Davis Street, some say the spirit of a prostitute named Nina lives on. (Old Town Pizza)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lone Fir is Portland’s oldest cemetery. Nearly 25,000 people are buried there, and some say their ghosts still wander the grounds.

But it’s far from the only place in Portland people say is haunted.

At Old Town Pizza Company on NW Davis Street, some say the spirit of a prostitute named Nina lives on. (Old Town Pizza)
At Old Town Pizza Company on NW Davis Street, some say the spirit of a prostitute named Nina lives on. (Old Town Pizza)

At Old Town Pizza Company on NW Davis Street, some say the spirit of a prostitute named Nina lives on.

The pizza joint used to be a merchant hotel that hosted the city’s elite in the late 1800s. But when its seedier side was exposed, Nina mysteriously died.

“She was eventually found dead in this elevator shaft,” Kevin Cain with Old Town Pizza said. “The legend is she’s still hanging out here.”

People have come forward saying they’ve seen and felt strange, unexplained things at the bottom of the old elevator shaft near Portland’s infamous Shanghai Tunnels.

A delivery man recently claimed he saw an apparition at the site of Nina’s death.

“He was, like, terrified. And not terrified in the sense of, ‘Hey I’m going to mess with this guy,’ he was like, ‘I’ve got to get out of here!'” Cain said.

McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon on N Russell Street may be Portland's most haunted spot. (White Eagle Saloon)
McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon on N Russell Street may be Portland’s most haunted spot. (White Eagle Saloon)

That man hasn’t been back, but Cain said the old elevator shaft is still the most requested area of Old Town Pizza.

“If affects people,” he said. “This is the reason they’re coming in.”

Across the river, a hooker named Rose was murdered by a jilted lover in the 11-room hotel above McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon on N Russell Street.

“There is a closet in room number 3 that guests have said they’ve heard weeping, screaming from,” Seth Black with McMenamin’s White Eagle said.

Legend has it the ghost of the saloon’s old caretaker, Sam, also makes the rounds.

White Eagle has become a destination for ghost hunters over the years, and some say it may be Portland’s most haunted place.

Are any of these legends true? You’ll just have to find out for yourself.


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