Pendleton Underground Tours ( P.U.T.) is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton's red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the "Cozy Rooms" bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. 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 history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family.
P.U.T. has become Eastern Oregon's #1 year around tourist attraction. A tour that people once questioned, has now been featured on television and radio shows around the world. The great success and popularity of P.U.T. is the wonderful well-trained and educated Historians who guide tourists back in time to learn history that isn't taught in school, but was very much a part of the early west and the lives of our ancestors. Nothing is artificial or fabricated. Experience the Real Old West at the Pendleton Underground Tours.
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Pendleton Underground Tour Reviews
This tour of the unseen history underneath an entire city block in downtown Pendleton was led by a very informed young man who also had a sense of humor. It could have been very grim and depressing..... more »
A very cool glimpse in to Western history. They have done an incredible job researching & curating....some places are still 1890s original condition. Worth the time & small ticket fee. more »
So fun! A lot of local history including the working girl hotel. I go here with friends about once a year!
First time on this tour it was excellent. Info was good, 2 hour tour, lots of standing walking and lots of STEEP stairs. I was expecting it to be similar to the Portland OR, underground tour that was disapointing. Compared to that this tour was amazing. If you can, do it!
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