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Pendleton Underground Tours

Between 1870 and 1930 industrious Chinese citizens dug underground tunnels underneath Pendleton's (now) historic district.  The tunnels held businesses such as ice plants, butcher shops and Chinese laundries - - as well as bawdy saloPendelton Underground Toursons, bordellos and opium dens.  Today you can take a tour of Pendleton Underground through the tunnels which were restored in 1989.  The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere.   The restored tunnels feature exhibits and mannequins used to recreate the wild west businesses.  A bit of the flavor of the times can be grasped from the fact that at a time when Pendleton had a population of only 3,000 citizens, it supported 18 bordellos and 32 saloons!  

The tunnels were restored amongst a certain opposition which was aghast at the questionable and immoral history it represented because part of the subject matter is about gambling, Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. Today the
Pendleton Underground Tours is operated by the non-profit corporation P.U.T. which recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary.  It has become Eastern Oregon's number one year-round tourist attraction.  

Official Website: http://www.pendletonundergroundtours.org/

Pendleton Underground Tours
37 S.W. Emigrant Ave.
Pendleton OR 97801


If you are traveling East or West to Pendleton, Oregon, on I-84 take exit 210,
follow the city center signs to the rail road tracks,
go two blocks to the second street light (Emigrant Avenue) and turn left.
PUT is at the end of the block on S.W. 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue.

If traveling on Highway 11 from Walla Walla, Washington,
follow the city center signs to Main Street then turn left and go two blocks to Emigrant Avenue and turn right. PUT is at the end of the block on S.W. 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue on the North side.


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