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I was present when Jeff Davis hosted
a recent overnight stay. Those attending covered the spectrum from skeptics to true
believers. Three very good psychics offered their interpretations of the
structure and its haunts. They all agreed to one thing in general:
The White Eagle is a dark and somber site.
The basement seemed most hostile to
the psychics. They found evidence of child prostitution, torture and
death. Consider the following example from the turn of the century:
A sailing ship arrives at a small
port in South America. There the crew buys or abducts a small number of
young teenage girls. They set sail, bound for Portland, Oregon.
During this voyage the girls are trained by the crew for their new profession -
that of a 'fille de joie'. They arrive in port and are taken directly to
the basement of the tavern where they are kept under lock and key. Many
are together in a communal room. Men can have them in every fashion.
Others have their own private area. When these girls are no longer of
sexual use they are 'discarded'. They arrived illegally and will leave in
the same way - with their death.
is a brief description of the structure:
Located near the
Willamette River in an industrialized area, this site has
been a saloon/tavern since 1905. For decades The White
Eagle has been internationally recognized for its ghostly
activities. In the first part of this century, a 'white
brothel' was located upstairs and a 'brothel of color'
was kept in the basement.
The main floor is a bar with
nightly live music. The living and dead have no rest from the loud
sounds until 1:30 AM. Activity includes the bathrooms, (especially
the ladies,) where toilet paper has been known to fly. In recent
years old coins materialized in the bar area. Chairs have moved on
their own volition and, more recently, utensils and small equipment have
flown around the small kitchen. The stairs leading from the
kitchen to the basement have always been a hot spot. Chuck, the
previous owner, was standing at the top with a waitress when she
suddenly fell to the bottom. She always claimed that she was
pushed by unseen hands. Mops and brooms have been known to make a
dance by themselves on the steps.
This was a
'white' brothel in the first part of the century. There
are thirteen rooms. Each room has a door and working
lock. Doors and windows have been known to close and open on their
own. One can smell flowery perfumes and, on many occasions,
human forms have been glimpsed.
Rose is one
entity who is known to haunt the upstairs area. She was
an Anglo prostitute who was killed on the premises in
1926 by a jealous lover.
Sam. His last name has been forgotten but it is known that he was
Polish. He lived upstairs for a number of years. The legend goes that
1955 it was decided to close that level of the building.
Sam was asked to vacate but he was ill. A new dwelling
was found for him but when his friends went upstairs to
tell him the good news, they found Sam dead. It is Sam who is said to
haunt room #2. Many have seen the image of a man in the window of room
#2 - gazing out over North Portland.
A 'brothel of color' was located here. Chuck
small basement office. He usually had a TV on while down
there but many times, when he turned it off and listened
closely, faint music could be heard.
Recent activity reported by
McMenamin employees have focused on the large food freezers. The
doors will open and close by themselves.
while the previous owner was alone in his office, he felt what seemed
to be a strong earthquake which lasted for roughly thirty
seconds. At first he thought the entire building was
shaking but then he realized that it was more of a
vibration. He even scanned the TV channels to see if
there were reports of tremors- there were none.
There have been rumors of
tunnels but examination shows no evidence to warrant them.