Smugglers, Rum Runners and Tunnels
Presented by Chris Staudinger
“Smugglers, Rum Runners, and Tunnels” will explore some of the most exciting and tumultuous times in Tacoma’s past. Chris Staudinger of Pretty Gritty Tours delves into the history of smugglers and rum runners who brought illegal contraband into Tacoma during the era of alcohol prohibition. The secret hatches, tunnels, and schemes used to sneak liquor, booze, and people into the city under the cover of darkness will be pried open for you to peek inside. Chris shares some of the best stories and wildest mysteries that made Tacoma a major hub for bootlegging in the early 20th century.
Chris Staudinger has been a tour guide in Tacoma for seven years, covering the underrepresented history of the Pacific Northwest. He spent over ten years as a travel writer and an investigative travel journalist for Expedia, USA Today, and the BBC, before establishing Pretty Gritty Tours here in Tacoma.