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“well worth the time and cost”

Pendleton Underground Tour
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Pendleton
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Baltimore, Maryland
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“well worth the time and cost”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

This tour is well worth the time (over an hour) and the cost. It does have some lengthy stairs to go up and down. Guide was very informative and knew his facts from first hand experience. Good educational tour on little known part of history for the area.

Visited July 2013
4 Thank LouisR321
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Waterloo, Iowa
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting but Uncomfortable”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

I applaud the locals for the effort in putting this interesting tour together. It's fascinating that all these tunnels exist and the history behind them. Unfortunately the guide on our tour treated the group as if they were misbehaving youngsters or perhaps she was just in a hurry to get to something else she wanted to do that day. Most of the group was older and no one was impolite at any time so it was all her.Her attitude made it known questions weren't her favorite thing so the group didn't ask many. Despite the interesting nature of the tour, we were relieved when it was over.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank TravelLar11
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Northern Sierras, California
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amatuer Tour Guide, Very Disappointing!”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

My husband and I went on this tour in early June. Be aware you are not going into some underground tunnel system beneath the city of Pendleton, but a series of connected basements used by merchants to prep and store mechandise. Yes, the Chinese citizens of Pendleton lived in part of these basements at one time.

The tour guide we had, Brad, really needs to go take some professional training as a Historical Interpreter, perhaps with the National Park Service! We have been on many historical walks, talks, tours and other interpretive programs during our travels in the US and Europe. Brad's presentation is poorly presented, he assumes everyone on his tour knows nothing about the history of the west, the transcontinental railroad, the role of the Chinese played and who James Doolittle was, he goes on and on forever.(he forgot to mention the Irish who built the eastern portion of the track.) With professional training he could learn to better interpret this tour to visitors in a concise and interesting manner. Since we both have backgounds in American History we feel a professional historian needs to go on this tour and evalute the "facts" that Brad is giving to visitors as some are more myth than fact.

The tour was suppose to last 90 minutes which is appropiate for an interpretive tour. However he annouced his tours lasted 2 hours (after we paid), but in realily it was 2 1/2 hours before we made it to the artifact room. Add showing up 30 minutes early to check in and watch the Dave Severe video that was a three hour comminment. There were other things in Pendleton we had to skip because of the unplanned length of this tour. One woman in our group had to leave early as she was a diabetic, two other women slipped and fell on the same step that was poorly marked with worn off yellow paint and a hidden caution sign! So be prepared and watch your step! The company that operates this tour is a non-profit and I can find very little information about them or who their board of directors are.

The only interesting thing was visiting the upstairs brothel which is something most people never get to do,and the Dave Severe video was very good.

I would recommend skipping this tour and visiting the Pendleton Round Up Hall of Fame, the Pendleton Woolen Mills tour, visiting the Heritage Station Museum, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and Hamley's Saddles and Western store instead.

Visited June 2013
4 Thank Ouiser
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Eugene, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pendleton Underground Tour”
Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

My son & I made reservations for a tour of the historical Pendleton underground. It was very informative, interesting, and well worth the time and money! We were talking about our experience for hours on our trip back to Eugene. Make sure you call to make reservations or else you may not get in. I highly recommend the tour!

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Anthony D
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1,618 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,306 helpful votes
“Chinese History lesson”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Our tour guide was one of the most interesting speakers we have heard on similar tours. He guided us to each room with ease and gave a very interesting history lesson on how we have treated the Chinese from the time they were "tricked" into coming to the US, to their real role in the laying of track for the RR, to the curfew that forced them to go underground, to their role in helping the Doolittle survivors of the Tokyo raids in WW II. Whether you agreed with his version of history or not he made it all very enjoyable. Our 1 and 3/4 tour last over 2 hrs with no one complaining. He covered everything from the "working girls" accommodations to the Chinese opium rooms and more. A small museum is located on the first floor and a tribute to the famous saddle maker Duff Severe. There are miles of underground tunnels with a small portion open for tour. Hint: there are stairs that need to be taken in this tour; some outside rain or shine.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank James H
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