Pendleton Underground Tours

Enjoy a lively look into Pendleton’s infamous and entertaining past.

Find out why Pendleton was known as the entertainment capital of Eastern Oregon. This is where the past becomes real. Follow your guide underground to the Shamrock Card Room, Hop Sing’s (Chinese Laundry), the Empire Ice Cream Parlor, through the tunnels beneath the sidewalks to the Empire Meat Market. Stand under prism glass and go through a secret passageway to a Prohibition Card Room.

Tunnels will lead you to a Duck Pin Bowling Alley, then up the 31 stairs to one of Pendleton’s 18 bordellos; the famous “Cozy Rooms.” After learning about Stella Darby and her working girls, the guide will take you to the most primitive area of the tour; the Chinese living quarters, jail, and opium den. Learn why the Chinese came to Oregon and how they helped build the West.