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.
A window pane that faced the original city street.
You'll never guess what Port Angeles used this first-floor-turned-basement for.
Find out how a network of underground tunnels was created in 1914.
Basements weren't the only places with things to hide in Port Angeles.
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 11 - October 31. 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: this tour is suitable for children ages 13 and up with parental accompaniment. Youth ages 16 and up do not require a parent to take the tour. 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 1 - SEPTEMBER 29
Monday - Saturday at 10am and 2pm
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6
Monday - Saturday at 2pm
There will be no tours from October 7 - 11 while we are setting up for the Haunted Underground Tour. There will be no tours on November 1 & 2 while we tear down the Haunted version of the tour.
OCTOBER 11 - OCTOBER 31
HAUNTED UNDERGROUND TOUR
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 4pm
Thursday & Friday at 1pm and 4pm
Saturday at 10am, 1pm and 4pm
NOVEMBER 3 - APRIL 30
Monday - Saturday at 2pm
|DISTINGUISHED ADULT (60+)||$12|
Students must show valid school identification.
Children under 6 are free, however they may find the length of the tour challenging. All participants must be 13+ for the Haunted Edition Tour.
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.
My family all enjoyed the tour tremendously! It was the highlight of our visit to Port Angeles, a great value and totally fascinating! Such an amazing look into different times and places! Such wonderful stores of local characters and events!
Truly a great history review of Port Angeles - lots of interesting and fun details about the town. We had 2 young boys with us and they loved it as well.
My husband and I went to Port Angeles for our anniversary, we had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Bruce was brilliant; very knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun. I would encourage everyone going there to take this tour it's a good bang for your buck.
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Book a ferry + tour package through the Coho ferry!
Stop in for great food before or after the tour.
Kick back and watch live sports while you eat.
Our local source for outdoor adventure,
but wait until you see what's in the basement.
CAPTAIN T'S CUSTOM STUFF
A great souvenir shop in downtown Port Angeles
with some hidden history upstairs.
THE FAMILY SHOE STORE
A locally-owned vendor of shoes for the whole family,
but the attic has always been adults-only!
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