Cascade Geographic Society's 
SPRING 2002 Classes
(Graduate & Undergraduate cooperative Education Classes through Portland State University)

Payment Notice: Please note regarding payment for classes: make out one check (to P.S.U.) or pay with your credit card. You need to do this separately for each class. Check or credit card must be processed through Cascade Geographic Society, and must be received prior to the second class date . Payments not received by then may delay official registration and credit/grade. Please call (503) 622-4798 (Michael) or (503) 658-6233 (Nita) for information or registration.

Important Notice: Participants must be prepared to begin on time and bring the following: sack lunch & snacks; $10 for museum fees, if needed; extra money in case of emergencies; proper dress and shoes to fit the weather conditions & season. Optional: camera & film.

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~ Cascade Geographic Society's ~ Spring 2003 Classes



(Graduate & Undergraduate Cooperative Education Classes through Portland State University)


Classes For Professional Development Units!


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Celebrating Our 15th Year of Offering Graduate & Undergraduate Classes Through Portland State University!



 Old French Prairie Historical Excursions --- 1 Credit

 Graduate -- CRN: 64884; CI: 810/Undergraduate -- CRN: 64884; CI: 410

 Instructor:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $130

 Date, Time, & Meeting Place:  April 5 (Sat.), 10-5:30 p.m. --- meet outside the Carnegie Art Center, 606 John Adams, Oregon City, OR.

          One of the richest heritage areas in the Pacific Northwest is "Old French Prairie" that stretched along the Willamette River south of Oregon City to the Pudding River and all the way to Salem.  Here, the history of Native Americans, the fur trade, the missionaries, and settlement is reflected in the natural landscape and historical sites of this portion of the Willamette Valley.  This unique multi-cultural "greenbelt" possesses the essential ingredients for learning, especially since this area encompasses the settlements of Aurora, Canby, Hubbard, Champoeg, Butteville, St. Paul, St. Louis, Gervais, Mission Landing, Newberg, and Yamhill which are waiting to be explored.  Participants will rediscover history by visiting important heritage sites -- the well-known and little-known places where history was made -- and follow in the paths of those who came here during Oregon's early years.


Skidmore Fountain-Chinatown Underfoot:  Famous & Infamous Sites of A Historic Waterfront

For Educators --- 1 Credit

Graduate -- CRN: 4329Dg; CI: 810/Undergraduate -- CRN: 4329Du; CI: 410

Instructor:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.            Fee:  $140

Date, Time, & Meeting Place:  April 12 (Sat.), 10-5:30 p.m. --- meet by ticket machine at the    Gateway Lightrail Station (behind Fred Meyer) at N.E. 102nd & Halsey, Portland, OR.

[Complimentary  lunch at a Chinese Restaurant for all participants in this class!]

            Prior to the turn-of-the-century, Portlandıs lower waterfront area was highlighted with gaslights and Victorian charm, and boasted operas and Shakespearan theatre, along with orchestras performing classical music. Everyone who was anyone would frequent this area that was graced by a beautiful fountain that allowed both humans and animals to drink from its thirst-quencing troughs and water spouts.  However, beneath the streets and behind the facade of its cast-iron front buildings, lurked a vast network of vice which made this area dangerous for those without the proper resources to protect themselves.  Bootlegging, prostitution,  gambling parlors, opium dens, saloons offering nickle beer and a free lunch,  and other "dives", helped the establishment of an infamous reputation for the "City of Roses" as being "the worst port in the world for shanghaiing".  Right from its vice joints and off its cobblestone streets, sailors, loggers, ranchers, sheepherders, and other unsuspecting victims were taken underground and placed in crude cells in tunnels that "snaked" their way beneath the city to the wharfs.   This class explores the little-known and rarely discussed history of this former area of shanghaiing that comprised Skidmore Fountain and today's Chinatown.


Old Portland Shanghai Tunnels & Haunted Places: Maritime History & Folklore  --- 1 Credit

Graduate -- CRN: 4328Dg; CI: 810/Undergrdaduate -- CRN: 4328Du; CI: 410

Instructor:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $140 Date, Time, & Meeting Place:  April 19 (Sat.), 10-5:30 p.m. --- meet in the parking lot outside of         Baja Fresh at Mall 205, located at S.E. 102nd & Washington Streets, Portland, OR.

         The shanghai tunnels of Old Portland stretched themselves along the Willamette River and overtook the harbors with vice and corruption that made some people rich, while others were sold to unscrupulous sea captains to fill a void in their crew. In Downtown Portlandıs Old Town and along the southwest waterfront areas, in addition to Lower East Portland, Northwest, Albina, St. Johns, Kenton, Linnton, and Sellwood, unsuspecting victims were dropped through trap doors and held in underground cells until taken through tunnels that "snaked" their way out to ships where the shanghaiiers collected their "blood money".  By the time the Victorian era had come to town,   the "City of Roses" had earned the reputation of being the "worst port in the world for shanghaiing".  This gave birth to the oral traditions that have lingered to this very day -- tales of ghosts and earthbound spirits -- all linked to the horrors of the "Portland Underground".  This tour explores the little-known tales of the shanghai tunnels, taking you into historic buildings around the city that have survived, along with those stories that were rarely told until now.


Lewis & Clark-Native American Trail of Discovery:  Sauvie Island to Deer Island  --- 1 Credit

Graduate --- CRN:  4327Dg; CI 810/Undergraduate --- CRN: 4327Du; CI 410

INSTRUCTOR:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

FEE:  $130

DATE, TIME, & MEETING PLACE:  Sat., April 26 (10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) -meet in the parking lot  below the Sauvie Island Bridge, Sauvie Island, Oregon.

         The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery explored the Columbia River during the years 1804 and 1805, following trails and canoe routes that had long been established by Native American populations of many thousands of years.  Today, of critcal interest to historians is the area along this ³Great River of the West² which includes Wapato Island (known today as Sauvie Island) and Deer Island (named for its abundance of Deer).  Both of these islands, as well as the area between them, represent rich multicultural landscapes that had ben utilized by indigenous people for over 10,000-plus years.  This heritage of both the native people and Lewis and Clark will be explored as you follow in their footsteps and study these diverse histories through a number of special site visits.   Also studied will be the relationship between natural areas -- such as Camas fields, Wapato beds, wetlands, lakes, beaver dams, etc. -- and cultural and historical sites.


EXPLORING OLD GROWTH & NATURAL AREAS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION  --- 1 Credit Graduate --- CRN:  4326Dg;CI 810/Undergraduate --- CRN:  4326Du;CI 410

INSTRUCTOR:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $130

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Sat., May 3 (10-5:30 p.m.) at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

            Old-Growth Forests and natural areas possess special educational and enrichment opportunities that can be utilized in teaching, either by bringing students directly to these habitats or by capturing the unique functions of these habitats and bringing them back into the classroom.  On Mt. Hood and elsewhere in the rugged Cascades, some of the best ³natural laboratories² exist that can provide excellent teaching units for wildlife, fisheries, ethnobotony, and other environmental studies.  You will visit a diversity of habitats like Old-Growth Forests, wetlands, meadows, riparian zones, Beaver dams, lakes and ponds, biggame habitats, and more, and understand their natural functions.  This is an ideal way to gather information that can be integrated into your classroom science units and environmental studies curriculums.


 Storytelling and the Natural Landscape:  Art, Form, and Educational Tool  --- 1 Credit

 Graduate --- CRN: 4325Dg; CI 810/Undergraduate --- CRN: 4325Du; CI 410

 INSTRUCTOR:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

FEE:  $130

 DATE, TIME, & MEETING PLACE:  Sat., May 10 (10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

          Traditionally, natural areas in North America, like in the rest of the world, represented more than just places of differing landscapes, environmental functions, and scenic beauty.  Many of these special sites, such as those in the Northwest United States, served not only as traditional cultural and religious sites that were utilized by indigenous people, but places where stories were born and mantained by oral tradition.  Although little known or understood by most people, Native American legends and mythology, not to mention history, are represented in the natural landscape. This class explores this relationship of storytelling to the natural landscape and how this interplays in American Indian art, as well as the art of the storytelling process itself.



 Graduate --- CRN: 4324Dg; CI 810/Undergraduate --- CRN: 4324Du;  CI 410  INSTRUCTOR -- Michael P. Jones, M.S.

FEE:  $130

 DATES & MEETING PLACES: Saturday, May 17 (10-5:30 pm) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

            During the days of the Oregon Trail when thousands of emigrants ventured the 2,000-plus miles to the "New Eden" (the Willamette Valley), Mt. Hood proved to be the most difficult obstacle in their journey.  The many routes over this 11,235-foot Mountain became infamous as graves lined the trail.  Ropes were snubbed to trees and ³Prairie Schooners² lowered down the steep slopes and cliffs of Big Laurel Hill and elsewhere; swamps -- seemingly bottomless -- had logs placed in it to create corduroy-like roads to allow wagon travel to continue; and dangerous stream crossings took many lives.  Cattle rustlers, horsethieves, and highwaymen added still even more danger.  Yet, this was a toll road (known as the Barlow Trail after its founder); it was the first one over the Cascade Mountain Range that still possesses one of the most fascinating histories in all of the Old Oregon Country, and is an ideal ³educational laboratory² for multi-disciplinary study.  This class allows participants to view these remnants of a sometimes nortorious history -- tollgates, graves, campsites, trail routes, homestead sites, stream ³fords², and more -- and learn how to incorporate the stories of these sites, as well as the multi-cultural histories of those who experienced this ordeal, back into their classroom learning environment.


Shanghaied In Portland:  Exploring the Infamous

Underground & Its Maritime History --- 1 Credit

Graduate --- CRN: CI 810/Undergraduate --- CRN: CI 410

INSTRUCTOR:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

FEE:  $140

 DATE, PLACE, TIME:  May. 24 (Sat.) --- 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mall 205, outside in the parking lot in front of Baja Fresh (the closest building to Washington St.), Portland, Oregon.  Pre- Registration via telephone a must! [Complimentary dinner at Hobo's Restaurant for all participants in this class!]

    Shanghaiing in the city of Portland represents a unique and little-known maritime history has yet to find its way into the history books.  From the 1850's to as late as the early 1940's,  unsuspecting men were kidnapped and sold to sea captains, giving Portland the dubious notoriety of being the "worst port in the world".  Its survival in the "City of Roses" not only depended upon corruption and the availability of victims, but the existence of a unique underground network that consisted of inner-connecting basements and tunnels that stretched from the waterfront of the Willamette River located northwest and southwest of the downtown area.   More popularly known

as the "Shanghai Tunnels", this class will take you into segments of this near-forgotten underworld, and provide you a unique glimpse back into this hidden past of the "City of Roses".  Through the use of oral history and exploration, participants will study the "heyday" of the shanghaiing trade, which represent the remnants of this little-told history of human rights violations at its absolute worst.  This class studies this shocking story that is revealed through a series of explorations of catacombs and forgotten darkened basements.   Unsuspecting victims -- most with little or no ties to their families, such as sailors, loggers, sheepherders, cowboys, ranchhands, and other working stiffs -- learned first hand about the "darkness and shadows" of this river town that was wide-open because of its unchecked corruption.  An intriguing way to enrich your curriculums and study units with this fascinating course that takes you into the "Underground" as you explore its incredible, fascinating, and shocking secrets.