On Monday, we toured the Pendelton Underground which included an above ground tour of a brothel. Very interesting.
We visited 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. We stood under prism glass and went through a secret passageway to a Prohibition Card Room. Tunnels lead 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 Chinese living quarters, jail, and opium den. We learned why the Chinese came here and how they helped build the West.
Cricket, our guide, was very informative as she explained the history of the ‘back rooms’ and the hidden historical treasures of Pendleton’s yesterdays. From the days of settlements to the days of Opium dens under the respectable shops and brothels. Cricket told the story with humor and as well as answered questions.