21st Avenue Bar and Grill
The Amico Group - The Hasson Co.
Anita Singh Cardoso - The Hasson Co.        
        Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry
Child's Play Toys
Creative Roots
The Dan Volkmer Team
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
Holiday Inn Express
Inner City Properties
Jim & Patty's Coffee: Immediate Care Center
Leo Jacobs - The Hasson Co
Lompoc Tavern
Lowthian & Lowthian - Realty Trust Group
McMenamins Tavern & Pool
New Seasons Slabtown
NW Portland Hostel & Guesthouse
Salt & Straw
Santa Fe Taqueria
Sasha Welford - Debbie Thomas Real Estate
SELCO Community Credit Union
Slabtown Community Festival
Vintners Cellar
Windermere Stellare
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About your tour guide . . .

Former Northwest Portlander 
Tanya Lyn March received her doctoral degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2010, focusing on historic preservation and community development. She has a master's degree in Historic Preservation  from Columbia University and is raising two young boys who attend Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland. She is currently working on a book about home front experiences of children who lived in the Guild's Lake Courts war housing in Northwest Portland during World War II. 

What Portland experts have to say about your tour guide:
"Tanya March is a deeply knowledgeable historian and historic preservation professional with skills to delve deeply into any question about urban growth."
-Carl Abbot, historian and prolific author 

 "Great researcher. Very involved in city planning and neighborhood activities. Fully engaged in the Portland community."
-Chet Orloff, director and president of Museum of the City.
"Tanya has contributed numerous times to the online architecture magazine for which I am the editor. Her knowledge of Portland's history and its built environment is impressive, yet she is equally adept at communicating and bringing alive that which she writes about - making history resonate for a broad contemporary audience. What's more, she's never missed a deadline."
- Brian Libby, freelance journalist

 "An extraordinary archival researcher with a talent for identifying and recognizing the content of historical photos I have never seen in anyone else." 
-Tim Askin, owner at Pacific History Services

 "Ran an excellent class on historic preservation and helped inspire the creation of our neighborhood's historic district application - which is on the fast track to be the first mid-century modern listing in Oregon."

-Elizabeth Chapin, student PSU

 Find out what our guests are saying:

For guided walking tour reservations, information about slide presentations, or Northwest Portland historic research,  e-mail Tanya March at slabtowntours@gmail.com  or call 503.206.4676
Joining the team are two Junior Tour Guides, these teenage interns are lending their support and enthusiasm for Portland's History. 

Brooklyn Sherman & Olivia O. Roberts

Our Tours in the News!
"Ryerson and business partner Tanya March lead walking
tours of the (Slabtown) area. 'This is the Hollywood and
Vine of Slabtown,' Ryerson said recently, standing near
the intersection of Northwest 23rd and Savier Street.
Behind him was a house built by Daniel Kern in 1882,
the oldest structure on Northwest 23rd. It's now
a chiropractor's office."

                                       --Rebecca Koffman, The Oregonian
                                                                       September, 2014

Northwest Tour #1

Nob Hill
Alphabet District

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
Order online.
Northwest Tour #2

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
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Northwest Tour #3


Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
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Northwest Tour #4
A Night With Ghosts

Every Friday the 13th

and Multiple Dates in October 2015. 

Tickets For A Night With Ghosts can be ordered online.

Up Coming FREE Activities 
thanks to the Slabtown Festival:

Walk to the Gateway of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition. September 19th 11am.  RSVP online.

Slabtown Show & Tell.  (non-walking)  September 19th 2pm.  RSVP online.


Adults - $20
Seniors (65+) $18
Youths/Children $10
Tots (5 and underFree

Private Group Tours
School Field Trips
Rates Available

We Accept
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We recommend reserving your spot by 9pm day prior to tour

or email 

All tours can be purchased online via EventBrite.  

Slabtown Tours
PO Box 83253
Portland, OR

Our Apologies: Tanya March typically spends Tuesdays and Wednesdays leading children on tours that attend local Portland area summer camps and schools.  Sorry for any inconveience that causes our out of town guests.  Additionally, a number of the "drop in" tours on Sundays in September 2015 have been booked out.

Slabtown Nob Hill Fun 
Fact #20
Where was the first head shop on NW23?

The first head shop on NW 23rd
 was at 1007 NW 23rd Avenue.

In the 1970s Portland was a very tolerant city, teeming with hippies, and in 1973 Oregon was the first state in the country to decriminalize marijuana.  I have enjoyed reading Willamette Weeks’s coverage of oldest head shops, although its July 1st 2015 guide to vintage head shops only includes current operations.  The longest continuously operated head shop seems to be Pype’s Place, opened by Patty and Don Collins at 4760 N. Lombard in 1976.  On various occasions Mike Ryerson told me with pride that he had owned the first head shop on NW 23rd.  I never asked him the name of the shop.  There are no images in his photographic collection because it was only after he started volunteering/working at The Neighbor in late 1970s that he became a shutterbug.  

Polk City Directories and one Oregonian article are my only sources.  In 1971 Mike Ryerson left his respectable job at Montgomery Ward and opened The Index and Shirt Bar at 1007 NW 23rd.  The shop was listed under his name in city directories in 1971, 1972, 1973.  (There is no listing for Mike in 1974 or 1975, but he reappears after his marriage to Shirley Mason on January 3, 1976 and in 1977 lists The Neighbor as his employer.) 

The Sunday Oregonian of June 13, 1971 (page 16) in an article by Fred Mass, “More Young Entrepreneurs…” reports:

“Mike Ryerson 31, married [Lee Dunaway] and father of four children, a lifelong Portland resident, owner of the Index at 1007 NW 23rd Ave., started with $12 and a rented storefront.  He says he has since built the mainstay of his business, stenciled T-shirts, ‘into accounts receivable of over 10 grand and a shop inventory of about $3,000.’  He also sells smoking accessories, costume jewelry, candles, and leather vests.” 

Mike told me that that the shop had no official hours and that it was a hangout for him and his friends.  I am sure that it amused him to no end that our walking tours account is at US Bank—its NW 23rd Avenue branch is the former location of his head shop. For the month of August, Slabtown Tours has a mini-history and marketing display there (and a larger display is still up at the Stadium branch of US Bank for another week).