Pendleton Underground Tours

Useful Information

Location: Tours start in the gift shop at 31 S.W. Emigrant Ave.
Open: All year after appointment.
Fee: Per Person USD 16.
Children under 6 not allowed.
Classification: SubterraneaUnderground City
Guided tours: D=90 min.
Photography: Allowed, but no videos.
Accessibility: No, because of many stairs.
Address: Pendleton Underground Tours, 37 S.W. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton OR 97801, Tel: +1-541-276-0730.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1989 Pendleton Underground Tours (P.U.T.) founded.
1990 tour enlarged, including now "Cozy Rooms" bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den.



The Pendleton Underground Tours show the underground of the city Pendleton. Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1989, it shows both sides of the 19th century, the law abiding and the illegal side. Location is a series of service tunnels which were constructed by Chinese workers at the end of the 19th century. Those tunnels were first used for storage and transport, but soon became the home to numerous buisnesses. At this time the town was the entertainment capital of Eastern Oregon, and numerous bars and bordellos were located underground. Of course there were numerous legal businesses, like the laundry and bath house of Hopsing, which he operated underground for 40 years. But especially during the prohibition many speakeasies and high stakes card rooms went underground.