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Historic Slabtown Walking Tour: From NW 23rd to the 1905 Fair

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Multnomah County Library - Northwest

2300 Northwest Thurman Street

Portland, OR 97210

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Slabtown gets its name from slab wood — explore a historic working class community that went from redlined to trend setting

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Highlights of this guided Walking Tour include visiting the former sites of: the Vaugn Street Ballpark, the entrance of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Fair and the former site of the world's greatest log cabin.  Slabtown gets its name from the enormous quantities of slabwood—the rounded, exterior parts of a log cut away to square off lumber–that were produced as a popular form of heating fuel in the early 1900s by lumber mills of the neighborhood. Slabtown has been a cohesive residential community, distinguished by a mixed ethnic component, since the 1850s.  Your lead tour guide has a PhD in Urban Studies and a MS in Historic Preservation; she will chat about transformation of this once working class community along the route. 

The library restroom is not open at this time. Please join or tour with an empty bladder as public restrooms are nearly non-existent during Covid.


Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes guests and tour guides need to wear masks.

We can work out a private tour if you or someone in your group needs mask or other accommodations.

 What do you do if there is ice or snow?

It is not safe for us to operate tours on slippery streets. We will refund your tour costs.

What do you do if it is 100 degrees?

If there is a heat advisory (a period of hot temperature expected by the local/national weather service), this can create a situation where heat illnesses are possible and it is recommended to stay out of the sun. Slabtown Tours LLC will try to reschedule the tour for later in the day on the same Sunday.

What do I do if I can’t make it to the scheduled tour?

There are no refunds for no-shows, but if you cancel before the start of the tour, you can reschedule for another date. If you need to cancel, call 503.206.4676 or e-mail: slabtowntours@gmail.com. If you are running late for a tour, text 971.302.3926 (the ringer is off of the shared cellphone during our tours).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a bus stop at the library on NW23rd which is the starting point of the tour,  We ask that you do not use the library lot.  Link to off street parking options.  The on street parking meters spots do not charge o Sundays.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Landline for Slabtown Tours: 503.206.4676Text if you are late for a tour: 971.302.3926email: slabtowntours@gmail.com

Can I bring my dog on the tour?

Yes well-behaved dogs can join our standard tours on leash. We do not enter any buildings on our regular tours.

I heard there is a waiver could you share the text with me?

Yes. You can view the waiver here.


PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT & LIABILITY WAIVER & EXPLANATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTSIn consideration for being allowed to participate in the walking tour “Slabtown Tours LLC”, I agree as follows:1. That I understand that there are no refunds for the tour.2. That I will fully cooperate with the tour leader and any building or business owner, employee, etc., whose establishment we visit;3. That the tour will be conducted on public streets and that I will not block sidewalks or impede the flow of pedestrian traffic;4. That I do not have any physical, mental, or emotional disability or illness that would cause me any difficulties or harm as a participant on the walking tour;5. That for the protection of intellectual property rights, I understand I cannot use and audio or visual recording devices without advance written permission from Tanya Lyn March and Slabtown Tours LLC;6. That I will not use the information, photographs, videos, film, digital images, or audio recordings which I obtain as a result of participating on this walking tour to write any books, magazine or newspaper articles, plays, video or film scripts, CDs, CD ROMs, DVDs, games, audio tapes, web sites, etc., including assist any other entity in these activities, without prior written permission from Tanya Lyn March; [PLEASE NOTE: This covers all intellectual property rights!]7. I understand there are known and unknown dangers which will be encountered on this tour, and I hereby waive any claims for liability that I have, or may in the future have, against "Slabtown Tours LLC., and/or Tanya Lyn March, or any businesses, their owner(s) and employees, and hereby release those parties from any claims which I have or may in the future have as a result of this tour for any harm or injuries that I may sustain, specifically including any harm or injuries that I may sustain as a result of the negligence of any of the above parties.8. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place and where people are present. Our tours take place on public streets and enter public establishments. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness, permanent disability and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable, but anyone can become exposed to or infected. By taking a Slabtown Walking Tour, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and accept sole responsibility any injury to myself, my family, and others with whom I may be in contact, including but not limited to personal injury, disability, death, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense of any kind that may experienced or incurred in connection with my attendance and participation in Slabtown Tours LLC walking tours and activities. I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge and hold harmless Slabtown Tours LLC, its employees, agents, volunteers, representatives and successors, of and from the claims, including all liability, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising directly or indirectly out of or relating to Covid-19. I understand and agree this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Slabtown Tours, its employees, agents, volunteers, representative and successors, whether a Covid-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in Slabtown Tours activities. Let’s keep each other healthy and safe.

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Multnomah County Library - Northwest

2300 Northwest Thurman Street

Portland, OR 97210

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