If you're looking for someone interesting to talk to about weird Portland histories, that person is Tim Hills, McMenamin's in-house historian. Hills surprised me this week when I called him to talk about whether McMenamin's is going to incorporate the history of infamous gay bathhouse Club Portland into its new boutique hotel that took over the building on SW Stark. Hills exclaimed: Of course! McMenamin's even saved the Army Jeep and dungeon gates that occupied the bathhouse basement AND went to the trouble of digging up old photos of its owner during the 1980s, a "big-hearted gay man named Flossie."
Read the whole story this week.