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The White Eagle Cafe

Portland, Oregon

This former brothel, hotel, and boarding house has many mysterious legends in its history. In one instance, it is alleged that a waitress was going to the basement and felt someone push her-twice. Falling down the stairs, she got the attention of the bartender and bouncer. When the two reached the bottom of the stairs, they discovered a mop and bucket had been thrown down after then. In another, one of the former owners reported hearing someone upstairs crying. When he went upstairs to see what was going on, the crying was so strong, the hairs on his back were raised. The man ran across the street and saw a glowing figure in the window from whence the crying came. No one has been near that room in thirteen years. Presently, there are reports of flushing toilets, whispering voices, moving furniture, and loose change with mint dates over forty years old.

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pdxkevin says:

October 14, 2005, 10:05 am

TRUE…

This is an actual place, well known locally for being haunted. It has been featured on a few TV programs as such.

It is now a micro-brew pub with live bands nightly. Well worth visiting when you visit Portland, Oregon.

lexigirl007 says:

February 2, 2006, 7:40 pm

Wow, I’m not going to portland now!!!

martin says:

August 15, 2006, 11:23 pm

where is this places i would love to visit this place just to see if its true havent been in a haunted place since 94

tina thomas says:

September 16, 2006, 4:19 am

the waitress that they are talking about was my mom her name was yvonne thomas and the owner at the time was chuck huges my mom talked about many scary things that happened there she hated being there alone expecialy in the basement of that place she said you could hear people yelling crying and the toilets do flush with nobody in the stall next to you my sister took a picture in front of the window at the bar when she was 8 holding her hand out in front of her and in her hand was a ball of light.i hated being there in the back of the bar towards the restrooms is a door that goes upstairs that made me so scared id rather pee my pants then walk past it.

i LOVE plain white t's says:

November 30, 2006, 9:42 am

that is kreepy i am soooo not going there!!!

e says:

December 11, 2006, 1:18 am

me and some friends spent the night and played with a ouija board and made some recordings and photos. We feel we caught a womens voice crying and some weird tapping noise that wasn’t there when we were recording and when we played it back it was. SCARY. I WANT TO GO BACK

Christy says:

February 24, 2007, 9:47 pm

Yea, I heard about this. My school is right up the street from this place. Everytime I walk past it to go to the Max Station, I would always get scared somehow. Damn, it’s hella scary!

sienna says:

March 10, 2007, 7:38 pm

I go to eat there a lot and I never knew it was haunted!! It is the creepiest old place I’ve ever eaten in now that I think about it…and damn good food. don’t leave without eating the marion berry cobler!

Scott says:

March 20, 2007, 7:51 pm

I just stayed there recently on a Sunday night in room #1 with my girlfriend. No one else had rented a room that night so when the saloon closed and the staff left we were the only ones there. The bathroom door slammed shut as I was walking down the hall towards our room and when we were in bed the wood floor started creaking like someone was walking around the bed. The cause of either was unknown to me which I found thrilling – my girlfriend did not.

hjl says:

March 23, 2007, 7:59 pm

wow thats really scary im i want to go because i dont beleive in these stuff people who die go to hill or heaven

Dick E. Normous says:

June 22, 2007, 9:19 am

Commenting to hjl: freeek a leeeek!!!!!!!!!!! u spellled it wrong u ding-a-ling-a-ling!!!!!its hell DUHHHH? any one who went to grade school nose that!!!! go play with ya mom!!!!!

p.s
* Look both wayz when crossing the street
* brush between meals
* wipe after tinkiling
* and eat ur veggies!

…yes i am a police officer

BigSteve says:

June 29, 2007, 10:51 am

Hey ****,
If you’re a cop… you’re an idiot. What cop (real cop) would word things the way you do and have a screen name like **** E. Normous? You freakin poser! The closest you’ve probably been to being a cop is your mug shot. If by chance you realy are a cop… “NO WONDER PORTLAND HAS SO MANY FREAKIN PROBLEMS WITH THEIR CORRUPT, STORMTROOPER LIKE POLICE FORCE! Get a life.

Lissy says:

June 30, 2007, 7:38 pm

I ate at that place twice once when i was 5 mnts preggers, I did not hear the place was haunted until some time later, but let me tell you that was the creepiest bathroom i’ve ever been in. I was most creeped out by the sink I know something was watcthing,and that door by the bathroom made me run big belly and all. The food was awesome though, well worth the scaries.

jane says:

October 11, 2007, 8:07 pm

This was so cool …. i want to go back!

Diana says:

December 21, 2007, 6:06 pm

I would like the address to this haunted place at the White Eagle Cafe.
Thank you!
Diana

Diana says:

December 21, 2007, 6:41 pm

Hello,
I found the address. Anyway Im going to go stay there a night and see what happens. I talk to someone there, and they said there hasn’t been any reportings of activity in 10 years.
Diana

Be Adequite! says:

February 1, 2008, 3:01 am

There was also a murder upstairs in one of the hotel rooms, it’s either the first or second room (rooms are all on the left hand side once you go up the stairs)…I stayed in the room one night, totally excited- and nothing freaky happened.
But yeah, the women’s bathroom in the restaurant? Creepy as hell. Never pissed so fast in my life.

http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=55&id=527

olivia says:

August 19, 2008, 9:12 am

Are you all smokin’ crack? I have been to the White Eagle two dozen times and have never been creeped out or seen anything unusual except a bunch of people drinking, eating and having fun.

angelfromhell says:

September 4, 2008, 9:39 pm

Im tottaly going here
I have family in Portland And a sum guy weve had a crsh on eachother for yeats so for spring break im driving to oregon and I think this will be supper cool to experience. Im way into this stuff so I want to go do it while im in oregon

S... says:

December 12, 2008, 1:41 am

Before the last owner, Chuck, sold the place he let us go up stairs. It was like walking into the turn of the centry–old wall paper falling off the walls, broken windows, old furniture…We took some pictures and when we got the film developed there were red streaks and balls off pink light in all the photos. The camera never worked again. A very freaky presence was there–no joking.

japa says:

February 17, 2009, 10:45 pm

this place your talking about i used to live just a few blocks away the truth is when this tavern was remodled the ghost or most of them went away but they might of come back since the remodleing went away and things are not so messed up some people say when they remodled they removed somthing that was realy old

Kris says:

April 17, 2009, 4:05 pm

Dude… I went in there once and I know why I didn’t like it…

tina says:

August 17, 2009, 8:48 pm

as a kid my mom and chuck dated for years and me and my sister spent many days listening to the blues players that played there at night.i hated being alone in the bar during the day when they would get ready for they for that night hated it my mom would send to the basement to tell chuck to bring up stuff and i would run to his desk and then run back up the stairs the restrooms were the worse to go into alone i would beg my mom to go with me and she wouldnt.my mom had many scary experiances there on many occations so if the disgruntaled ghost are no longer there then i can only assum they left with there owner or maybe some people are more intuned to them then otheres cause i still wouldnt go into that place to this day walking by driving by makes me cringe my hairs stand up or maybe there just saying hi to an old friend that they loved to scare as a kid

Charlet Simpson says:

September 27, 2009, 5:10 pm

My sister and I ate there on 9/25/09. we went looking for ghosts. It took pictures of my sister sitting in the booth across from me and in the picture was a orb and mist sitting next to her. Wondered what it ordered? My sister than took a picture of me and caught to bright orbs near me. Orbs were also in the bathroom. Is there no privacy in the supernatural world?

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Melanie says:

March 21, 2010, 7:21 pm

My husband and I stay at the White Eagle every wedding Anniversary. This last January we got the last room on the right-next to the exit. Around 5am I woke up to the exit door slamming which was fine, I knew that people use this exit to smoke and what not. i started to put my pants on to use the bathroom in the hallway when I heard someone run past my door. I opened the door and no one was there. I closed the door to zip up my pants and someone started to lightly knock on my door. I stood there for a second and then opened the door-no one was there! I went back to bed in my pants. After that it sounded like someone was moving all of the furniture down stairs. The sounds were really load. I don’t know if that’s something the staff does or not, but it stopped about an hour later. This won’t stop me from coming back every anniversary, we love it at the White Eagle!

Rita La Fleur says:

May 9, 2010, 2:56 am

To **** E. Normous:
You’re a jerk! And a cop? In your dreams. I think you’re just a D.ldo breath LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sandra says:

November 17, 2010, 4:05 pm

My boyfriend and I stayed in Room #7 about a month ago. McMennamins owns it now, and they don’t do any tours, it sucks. You have to get online and go to Portland Walking Tours, but McMennamins won’t permit anyone to go into the basement because to get there you must go through the kitchen. I wish someone else owned it honestly. There is tunnels that under it that run under Portland. I guess Chinatown or something like that was under it, it was known as the “Brothel of Color” not in those exact words, but you get the idea. Since it used to be a Saloon and had those tunnels, they would “shanghai” people. They’d get drunk, and wake up working on a ship somewhere. There was also a story about a prostitute name Rose in the brothel upstairs. She fell in love with one of her customers, and he asked her to run away with him and marry him. She said no because she was very fearful of her boss. The man supposedly asked if her could take her and marry her, but he was beaten by the owner badly. The lover cam back and asked Rose once again, she declined because she was scared. Supposedly, her lover beat her to death. I guess she is supposed to cry or scream at night. There has also been sightings of a man looking out the window. It was a boy taken in by the owner, and the boy worked there his entire life and died there.

Anyway, when we stayed there we didn’t hear any screaming. Or see anything. We even talked to the bartender, who said she had been working there for 4 years and has never had any paranormal experiences. I wouldn’t go anywhere without my boyfriend in that place, it felt like you were being watched everywhere you went. Nothing happened until I went to sleep. I got woke up to what felt like a hand behind my head on the bed leaning over me, and then a sudden breath in my ear. It startled me a little, but I just went back to sleep. My boyfriend doesn’t believe in paranormal stuff, so I didn’t want to wake him up.

I love the place! I will be returning. It’s also very cheap to stay there, I think we paid $45. I just hope it is bought by someone who actually opens the space up to the public in a greater way.

mya says:

January 14, 2012, 11:25 pm

I am very interested in this place… so I think ill stop by and see what its like, and how I feel. I’m interested in ghost, and can’t wait to go there tonight.. :-)

Nina says:

May 28, 2013, 5:42 pm

FREAKY!!!

Cindy Armstrong says:

December 7, 2014, 9:18 am

I am the daughter of this place! When Chuck bought it. I know everything about it! We left the upstairs alone! I had been in and out of the place since I was 9 years old! To adult hood! You need to know the truth! If you want the truth then contact me! I can’t handle the lies people are saying! I will only talk the truth. And things that no one knows!!

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