Get the dirt on the buried history of Port Angeles ...
Due to flooding concerns in the early 1900s, the citizens of Port Angeles worked out an incredible plan to elevate the city's downtown streets, creating a network of underground tunnels and storefronts. In this unbelievable feat of engineering many older buildings were lost, but a select few remain. The stories they have to tell are captivating.
The tour begins with a fascinating explanation of the history of the city and the tactics used to raise the city streets in 1914. Next, take a short stroll through downtown Port Angeles to visit rediscovered basements and long-forgotten tunnels during the underground portion of the tour. Stop in at the city's original movie theatre, and venture into a hidden brothel above the unassuming family shoe store.
This fully-guided tour provides insight into the past living conditions of the community. There are several short flights of stairs, and multiple opportunities to sit and listen to stories during the tour.
Looking east on Laurel Street from Front Street.
Looking east on Front Street from Laurel Street.
Alley between 1st Street and Front Street.
At the corner of Front Street and Laurel Street.
Wooden pipes carried the mud and water to the downtown streets.
Construction workers in downtown Port Angeles.
Manhattan Canning Co. and dock located where Railroad Avenue is today.
Looking west from Tucker's Corner.
I highly advise anyone who visits Port Angeles to take this tour as it was very interesting and fun. We enjoyed it immensely.
I was especially impressed with the guide's commitment to unearthing the stories of the past and weave them together in a way that gives them a beginning, middle and an end, often with a surprise or two along the way. This tour is a must!
I was born and raised in Port Angeles, now at age 60, thanks to this tour. I have become better educated about our community. So much knowledge and history shared by a wonderful tour guide!
Descend into the darkness beneath the city streets ...
There's more than just history lurking in the basements of Port Angeles. Ever since the city's underground network of passageways and empty basements was created in 1914 there have been stories. Rumors of ghastly happenings right under the feet of everyday citizens. Join us on a cautious walking tour through the abandoned underworld and hear the stories the city has tried to cover up - with more than just mud from the Hogback.
This special Haunted edition of the Underground Heritage Tour takes place on select dates and times from October 13 - October 29. Reservations are highly recommended as Haunted tours often fill completely. Walk-ins can only join on a first-come first-serve basis at the Port Angeles Visitors Center in the 10 minutes before the tour.
Please note: we are happy to accommodate children of any age on this tour, however we would suggest that tour may be too frightening for children younger than 10-years-old. If you have concerns about tour subject matter, including a stop in a historic brothel, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Hear stories of the ladies who never left this world.
Lurking through basements under the city.
Get the true stories from a master historian.
Explore the Underground Boxing Club.
You never know what's creeping up from behind. Be wary.
It doesn't seem to matter how many times I say that to people. They always go into the basement.
It'd be a real shame if he heard us. Yes, it's probably best that he doesn't hear us down here ... in his world.
MAY - OCTOBER 6
Monday - Saturday at 10am and 2pm.
Please note there are no tours on Sunday. There will be no tours from October 7 - 12 inclusive due to the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival and set-up for the Haunted Undergound tours.
OCTOBER 13 - OCTOBER 29
HAUNTED UNDERGROUND TOUR
Monday - Saturday at variable times.
Click "Book Now" button to the right to check availability calendar.
Please note there are no tours on Sunday.
NOVEMBER - APRIL
Monday - Saturday at 2pm.
Please note there are no tours on Sunday.
Students must show valid school identification.
Children under 6 are free, however they may find the length of the tour challenging.
All tours depart from the Port Angeles Visitor's Center located at 121 E. Railroad Avenue in downtown Port Angeles.
We love sharing the history of Port Angeles with groups! Whether it's a class of curious students, a girls' weekend, or a bunch of old-timers chasing memories, we're excited to host your group.
For groups of 10 or more, please contact us so we can ensure your tour is perfectly suited to your group's needs.
The MV COHO ferry travels daily between Port Angeles and Victoria, BC. If you're travelling in either direction on the ferry, you can purchase your Underground Heritage Tour tickets in a package including ferry tickets.