A tour with two guides; storytellers actually, that will take you into Astoria's Underground. Our guides are two local guys with a love of Astoria and a passion for sharing the mysteries of it's underground tunnels. On this tour they escort you through the tunnels safely while providing entertainment, history, personal accounts, comedy and maybe even some surprises. This tour has been created with you in mind, encouraging exploration and discovery, so please do not hesitate to ask questions and have fun! Taking about 45 minutes, you walk along clear pathways, on one level, that are easy for almost all ability levels (please inquire with ADA needs/concerns).
We happily accommodate groups of varying sizes for private bookings or special events, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-713-4141 with any questions you may have.
Please note, we will consolidate smaller groups in order to have full tours. Full tour groups benefit all parties.
There is no shortage of things to see and do above ground on the Oregon Coast. But what about below ground? That is where the Astoria Underground Tour comes in, sharing the history and mystery of part of the abandoned tunnel system beneath the streets of Astoria.
Safely escorted through a rehabilitated section of the tunnels by guides Chad Gallup and Jeff Daly, the tour provides guests with a glimpse into the history of Astoria and the people who occupied this subterranean maze.
The tour features artifacts and fully restored rooms where people used to live. Add in a little smoke and colorful lights and you have an experience unlike any other in the region. The tours will thrill young and old with plenty of cultural import for the history buffs and a few surprises for young visitors. There are a few spots where you might have to duck your head enroute to discovery, but the tour is largely accessible to almost all explorers.
The tour, which takes about 45 minutes, is complete with historical accounts of the origin and purpose of the tunnels and the role the system played in shaping Astoria. And while most of the tunnels are closed off to the public, proprietor Daly has painstakingly recreated a small section of the original tunnels enhanced with visual effects to provide a unique perspective into a place not often seen and, until recently, largely forgotten.
— Colin Murphey
At 2:00 a.m. on December 8, 1922, the first shouts of "Fire!" sounded in Astoria's business district. The area was soon engulfed in flames and burned out of control as the city was built of wood and was destroyed with 30 downtown blocks in rubble and an estimated loss of $12,000,000. Astoria was promptly rebuilt after the fire and Commercial Street today remains much the same as it appeared after its 1920s restoration.
And underneath the streets and sidewalks is a time capsule of history waiting to be discovered. Astoria Underground also known as NOOOOOOO explores and surveys underground features for which they have the necessary skills and equipment to discover the long lost 100 year old tunnels. Stories are told that Shanghai tunnels were located beneath Astoria that were used to transport goods and legend has it, people, kidnapping men for forced labour aboard sailing ships. On the academic side, they carry out research into old records with photography as well as talking to elderly residents whose memories are invaluable.