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The Pendleton Round-Up Gets Brighter at Night!

When do you know you had a fun time with a great friend at the Pendleton Round-Up?

I was sitting at home on the last night of the Pendleton Round-Up when I got a call from Ryan, a long time friend and fellow Star Wars fan.  As soon as I saw his number I knew I was headed downtown to check out the happenings on main street.  I was a little tired, but I couldn’t pass this up.  I wanted to explore main street and take pictures anyhow.  Twenty minutes later Ryan picked me up and we were headed for a night filled with a lot of laughs and a lot of food.  I wish all of you could meet Ryan, he is one of the funniest people I have ever known and would always be there if I needed help.  Going anywhere with Ryan always ends the same way.  When we say goodbye, I  have the feeling  like I  had done 1,000 stomach crunches and my jaw hurts.  Laughing to hard and eating too much.  It’s always the same.

This wasn’t our first round-up, but this was one of  the times we weren’t swinging from the chandeliers or pushing our way to the front of the bar in the crowded Rainbow Cafe.  The rodeo is the main attraction of the round-up, but you always need something to do after the Let’er Buck Room has closed.  Pendleton’s main street is the place to be.  Ryan and I walked around downtown Pendleton taking in all the sights and sounds.

After the rodeo you always need a drink and a bite to eat!

Sometimes I can take a cool pic!

The party rolls on outside Hamley’s Steak House

You would be surprised to see how many people get on and ride .

Everything on Main street

Cool metal work and art vendors

Downtown Pendleton

 Now for the Food!

We are finally going to eat and I’m happy for him

Chic tacos anyone?


Barbeque on main street!

I’ll have to ask Ryan if he was posing for the camera or if he liked the ribs.

Ryan is a home BBQ expert and helps put on the Buckaroo Barbeque Challenge for Cattle Barrons Weekend in May

Last year I had the horrible experience 😉 of judging all the delicious tri-tip and ribs during the Buckaroo Barbeque Challenge. Hopefully they ask me back 🙂

It’s dessert time!

I’ve eaten a lot of  elephant ears in my day, but never knew how they were made.

Elephant ear, funnel cake and whipped cream cheese with raspberry. So Good!

Now you get to watch us eat

It tastes as good as it looks.  I wish someone would invent Smell-a-Vision so you could use the most important sense when watching food on a TV or computer screen.

Jake’s Cakes is a new bakery on main street Pendleton Oregon.

I found their website

Jake’s Cakes website

Customers waiting on-line outside of Jake’s Cakes, a new bakery on main street

I think Ryan is negotiating a price on an Oakland Raiders wedding cake

  Check out Jake’s Cakes website and look at sample cakes in their photo book.

Round 2

Gotta have leftovers

 I had a great time and I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, looking at the pictures and watching the videos.  Pendleton’s main street is only one part of the Pendleton Round-Up, but it can be the best part if you have a good friend to share it with.

Thanks Ryan and goodnight!

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Winds of the Pendleton Round-Up are Whipping!

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Are you ready for the hurricane that is

The Pendleton Round-Up!

There are only a few weeks left until the big show. The Pendleton Round-Up winds are gaining energy, the barometric pressure is dropping, the locals are starting  to leave town and only bravest of souls are left.  A storm surge is building in the small town of Pendleton, Oregon and when this storm hits mainland, you want to be here to see it.  I have to decided to ride out this hurricane I call, The World Famous Pendleton Round-Up!

When a storm of this magnitude is so close to mainland, most sane Americans  hit the road, but not in this case.  Everyday, more and more locals are stopping by my office to share stories of relatives picking up their camp wagons to start their  long journey out west to take part in the 101st annual Pendleton Round-Up Sept. 14-17 2011. I had a customer come in today and tell me about his relatives wanting to stay in an Indian teepee and he’s going to make it happen. The town is battening down the hatches to make sure rodeo fans will be blown away.

Twitter is buzzing (Follow @pendroundup) with stories and praise from bull riders, bull fighters, team ropers, cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo fans all over these great United States.  The charge on Facebook is being led by Pendleton Round-Up on Facebook and all of their 15,241 fans: read the stories, share the photos and most importantly the friends.

By the time the Round-Up Hurricane touches down, the town of Pendleton will have grown 3-4 times its original size of 15,000 for the four-day event.  If you only come to see the rodeo you will miss all the other great people and events.  Here are my recommendation when visiting Pendleton during Round-Up. Click the links below for more information.

The 2011Pendleton Round-Up court

The 2011 court represents the Round-Up and the entire community as they set the stage for this year’s event. Round-Up Royalty is always looked upon as the benchmark for rodeo courts and these young women promote the Pendleton Round-Up with the same quality and class as previous court members have done.    One of my dear friends was Round-Up Royalty,  Hi Annie!


Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West

Get a ticket today. Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West show “…depicts the settling of the American West, beginning with a portrayal of the Native American way of life prior to the arrival of the white man, continuing with the arrival of Lewis and Clark, followed by the prairie schooners of the pioneers of the Oregon Trail and concluding with a reenactment of a frontier town’s rollicking main street mishaps.” The show run September 14th-17th 2011. Show begins promptly at 7:45 p.m. Price: $10.00-$17.00.


Ronnie Dunn Will Take The Stage!

Ronnie Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

The concert kicks off the week-long Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon celebration on the Saturday before Round-Up in The Happy Canyon Arena. Ticket information.

Ronnie Dunn, a familiar voice in country music will take the stage at the Round-Up & Happy Canyon Concert on September 10. Ronnie Dunn made his mark as half of the duo Brooks & Dunn. Ronnie Dunn will be the starring act at the concert that kicks off a week of festivities.

Bull Riding Anyone?


Happy Canyon Arena hosts the world’s best cowboys mounted on the meanest bulls the Monday and Tuesday before Round-Up begins. Ticket information. Welcome to the PBR….The toughest sport on dirt.


Pendleton Underground Tours!

Take a Tour of Pendleton’s mysterious and historic underground!  Pendleton Underground Tours ( P.U.T.) is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton’s red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the “Cozy Rooms” bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere. The history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family.  Brooke will take care of you and don’t be afraid to tell her your best joke.  Make sure you call ahead to schedule your tour!  Follow on Twitter  @pendunderground


Rugged Country Chic

Rugged Country Chic is a local Pendleton, Oregon operated business.  They specialize in western jewelry, but they can make any kind of handmade jewelry.  They also have Dog collars, Rhinestones, Sunglasses, Flip Flops, Key chains.  “We Love our work and strive to make our customers Happy.”  Check out their website and get your custom made authentic western jewelery!   Katie will get you looking hot for the Pendleton Round-Up call (541) 310-7876 or email: also Rugged Country Chic on Facebook

Marla June’s Clothing Company

Marla Junes Store Front Photo Courtesy Marla Junes

Marla June’s features Brighton Jewelry along with unique jewelry made by local artists.Handbags by Brighton, Hobo, Jessica SimpsonRian, The Sak and Latico.Marla June’s specializes in women’s fashions for casual, business or fun.  Marla will help you find what you need.

Hamleys Store

Beautiful Saddles Photo Courtesy Hamleys & Company

The Hamley family moved to Pendleton 106 years ago and brought their saddle-making talents with them. Hamley & Co. of Pendleton has since become synonymous with top quality leatherwork and western goods. The store is the epitome of a Western store with clothing, tack, saddles, along with amazing bronze statues and historic merchandise cases and furniture. Watch the saddle makers crafting saddles to fit both cowboy and horse and carving the leather by hand, and visit the western art gallery on the mezzanine.


Rainbow Cafe

Rainbow Cafe Photo Courtesy Pendleton Chamber

I know you need a cold drink! A business on Main Street called the “State Saloon and Banquet” first opened its doors in 1883. Now, 127 years later, it is known as The Rainbow Café, and is the oldest business in town in its original location and still doing the same kind of business.  You’ll enjoy the historic photographs of past Pendleton Round-Up All Around Champions that line the walls.   I Play for the Rainbow  9 ball pool team and we were champs last year!  When ordering a drink ask for Jeff say Chris sent ya.

Hamley’s Steak House

Hamleys Steak House Photo Courtesy Hamleys & Company

It is difficult to understand what a unique tribute to the West the Hamley’s store and adjacent Steak House are. Historic back bars have been sought out from all over the west to put in the event rooms. The bank counter from Belle Fourche that was robbed by Jesse James and a rack of buffalo coats among numerous antiques and art add to the warm ambiance and experience. Looking for stiff drink? Ask Kristen to make you her special.
The legend rides on!

The Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub

Another Round! Photo Courtesy

Welcome to Pendleton’s First Craft Brewery!  Pendleton, Oregon. A small agricultural town located at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains. And now home to some of the best beers in the state. We’re passionate about fermentation and it shows in our brews. Whether it’s a dry-hopped Northwest IPA or a malt-heavy Porter, the Prodigal Son Brewry is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of grain, hops and yeast. Creativity is something we value in our Ales and it’s our goal to incorporate regional ingredients into beers that go beyond convention. Brewing to style is not our objective; we prefer to focus our explorations on the potential of beer. Try my favorite adult beverage A Beer Named Sue!

That should get you started!

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I wish I could name all the places I love to hang during The Pendleton Round-Up, but I wouldn’t get any sleep tonight and seeing The Pendleton Round-Up is way better in person. 🙂

 Are you ready for the Round-Up Hurricane? I am!  I’m ready for a cat 7 to blow my roof off and make my windows shake!

With all this hurricane talk, wind blowing and rocking your world, you can experience the little things too.  Personally, I’ve been anticipating the smell of corn dogs and horse crap for way to long. If you haven’t had that aromatic concoction  invade you  nostrils, it’s a beautiful thing and there ain’t nothing like it.   See you at The Pendleton Round-Up and Let’er Buck

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Isn’t that Crappie?

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Crappie fishing can’t be any better!

Another evening living in Pendleton, Oregon what to do?  How about some  crappie fishing at McKay Reservoir? 

When I’m not working as a broker for Sykes Real Estate or running Rapid Print, my printing business, I’m fishing! Catching crappie isn’t tough if you know what to do.

To catch a  lot of crappie you don’t need to be professional fisherman,  have a $20,000 boat,  or a $300 fishing pole and reel.  I’ll give you the run down of supplies.  I will also give you some pointers to catch crappie in Pendleton’s McKay Reservoir.  The fishing tackle and technique will work for most crappie fishing in Oregon.  Let’s get going!

Here’s what you need!

5ft Light Rod & Reel Combo I Got at Wal-Mart for $30

4-6 lb test line is all you are going to need for most lake fishing.

So you have a rod and reel now for the good stuff!

The most inportant thing you are going to need is bait and I find crappie jigs are the way to go.
The picture below is of my own crappie jigs. I used an Oregon quarter to show the relative size.   I’ve seen people fish with line wrapped around a beer can, but they always had a jig attached to the hook.

Jig Bodies $2-$4 for 25 at Bi-Mart

Crappie jigs come in different colors and sizes, but these are the jigs that I have had the most luck on.  The ultimate jig color is a white glow in the dark, but I haven’t used those in a while since the local mini-mart stopped carrying them.  If you can find those, snatch them up!  If  you notice the jigs are not that big and the simple answer to that is, crappie aren’t that big.  If I’m looking for a meal, I will catch five, 10-12 inch crappie, but there is no limit on size or quantity, so it’s up to you.  Here is a link to ODFW fishing website for fishing regulation!

Other supplies that I use!

A jig head with hook attached, swivel and bobber.  Again, I wanted to show the relative size of the fishing supplies.

Jig Head $2-$3 for 10 Swivel $2-$3 for 15 and Bobber $2-$3 for 10

The jig head with hook goes into the body of the jig. A swivel is used to keep your line from twisting and the bobber is used to keep your bait off the lake bottom.  I usually attach a bobber on the fishing line  1-2 feet above my jig or bait, right in the sweet spot.   I let the fishing tools do all the work.  I like to to relax when I fish for crappie.

How to apply jig head to body of the jig then tie to fishing line!

How to insert jig head in to the body of the jig

Push the pointy end of the hook through the end of the jig body, keep pushing until the hook comes out near the end of the skirt “the wavy pink arms in these pictures.”   Make sure you secure the jig into the body all the way or it will come off.  I’ve had that happen and wondered why I wasn’t catching anything.  After you have inserted the jig head into the body of the jig, next is tying your line to the jig.  For this I use one of the most common sport fishing knots.

The Clinch Knot

The Clinch Knot

This knot is used by most sport fishermen to attach a swivel or jig to their line.  This knot is strong and won’t slip, but it does take some practice.  I have tied this knot 1,000’s of times and if done right, you wont have to worry about your knot coming undone.   Here is step by step instruction to The Clinch Knot hit play and try it out for yourself.  There are many knots you can learn that will help you fish, but will help in everyday life also.

So, you have learned what to use, now you need some technique!

If you are unfamiliar of how to cast, learning how to cast is best done by learning from someone else, but if you’re the independent type, try your backyard.  If you want to get ready for your upcoming crappie fishing event, but don’t know how to cast, get familiar with casting in your back yard.  You can practice alone and you also get the benefit of straightening your line.  Most fishing line is coiled around a spool which bends the line.  When fishing line is bent for a long period of time it forms a memory of the spool it was coiled around.  The line will come off the spool in coils.  Some fishermen straighten their line by stretching it all the way out and pulling on it to get the bends out.

Fishing Line

So, you have all your gear, you know how to tie a fishing knot and learned how to cast.  Now it’s time to hit the lake!

Crappie fishing is best done in the morning or in the evening, and because I am a night owl, I prefer the evening.  During the summer months at McKay reservoir and I assume most places, there is a time of the evening between 7-9 that the fish start to feed, you will know this because  THE BITE IS ON!  This could last a 1/2 hour or go two full hours depending on water temp, how much food the fish are already eating, but they will hit your jig over and over.

Finding a good spot and going for it!

You will need to find a spot that looks good.  Look for a tree near by for shade and make sure the water is deep enough for fish to swim down out of the sunlight.  I fish two different ways.  One way is to use a bobber. Set the bobber 1-2 feet above your jig, throw it in and let it sit.  Once you see that bobber go under, FISH ON!  The other way is to jig the bottom.  This doesn’t require a bobber, but you will have to be more active.  The technique is to let the jig sink to the bottom of the lake and when it hits, pull your pole up, then let is sink back to the bottom again.  Up down, up down, this simulates a swimming food source.  This takes some practice and a touch to know when to set the hook. You should try it in a shallow part of the lake to see what it looks like.  Those are the only two I use and I have great success, easy huh?

Whelp, that’s it! I think it’s your turn, now that you know what to do!

As you can see I just started!

Good luck and maybe I’ll do another post on filleting your crappie.  They are so good battered and fried in a little oil.

I live in Pendleton, Oregon and this is what I do for fun!

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Pendleton Oregon and History

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Pendleton Oregon and History

Pendleton, Oregon a city of 16,354 in the 2000 census, sits in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The city center is built on the south bank of the Umatilla River, which runs roughly east and west through town. Pendleton’s motto is “The Real West,” and it prides itself on its agricultural and ranching past. It is home to the Pendleton Woolen Mills, which originally made blankets for trade with nearby Native Americans, and the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the ten largest rodeos in the world.

The earliest commercial business in Pendleton dates to 1851, when Dr. William C. McKay (pronounced mack-EYE) established a trading post at the confluence of McKay Creek and the Umatilla River. A post office, Marshall Station, was established in 1865. The community was later renamed Pendleton after George H. Pendleton, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate of 1864, and was incorporated on October 25, 1880.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pendleton was home to a large population of Chinese laborers who had come to work on the railroads. An underground tour is a popular tourist attraction, where visitors are led into basements of downtown businesses where opium dens, illegal gaming parlors, and a Chinese laundry were purported to have existed during the 1890s. Take the Pendleton Underground Tours and see it for yourself!

From its early beginnings, Pendleton was a railhead that served as a shipping point for the wool industry, which included the many sheep ranches in the area and the Pendleton Woolen Mills, originally a wool-scouring plant. Early on, the company began producing blankets for trade with Native Americans, and it eventually expanded its offerings to include clothing. Pendleton blankets are now prized for their quality and distinctive designs.

The Pendleton Round-Up  Sept. 14-17  2011 is an annual event that can quadruple the town’s population. Occurring in the second full week in September, the Round-Up features four days of rodeo; two parades, including one that prohibits motorized vehicles or rubber tires; a concert; and the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant, which bills itself as the “Epic Drama of the West.” The Round-Up is known for including Native American participants in a powwow dance competition, the Indian Village, Happy Canyon princesses, and the American Indian Beauty Pageant. One of the larger-than-life figures from Pendleton’s colorful history is Sheriff Tillman “Til” Taylor, one of the founders of the Round-Up. He was shot to death in a jailbreak in 1920, and a park in downtown Pendleton bears his name.

Pendleton also has its place in Oregon literature, providing the setting for Craig Lesley’s Winterkill and likely the setting for H.L Davis’s short story, “Old Man Isbell’s Wife.” Last Go Round: A Real Western, by Ken Kesey and Ken Babb, is a fictionalized account of the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up and its legendary ending in which three cowboys—Jackson Sundown, a Nez Perce; George Fletcher, an African American; and John Spain, a Caucasian—tied for the all-around championship. When Spain won the tie-breaker, there was a general uproar from the crowd, which believed the results were skewed. Reportedly, Sheriff Taylor took up a collection from the crowd by tearing up pieces of Fletcher’s hat and selling them. He then awarded the money to Fletcher as the people’s champion.

Pendleton benefits from its proximity to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. CTUIR operates the Wild Horse Casino and golf course; the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, an interpretive center that tells the story of the effects of the Oregon Trail from the Native American perspective (the only one of its kind); and Nixya’awii, a charter school that is focused on Native American culture, native languages, and the tribal community. Nixya’awii was the Oregon charter school of the year in 2006-2007. Crow’s Shadow, an institute for the arts, was co-founded by painter James Lavadour (Walla Walla/Chinook), a Pendleton native. CTUIR also administers Wildhorse Foundation, a philanthropic agency that supports projects in northeast Oregon. While the city of Pendleton shares a border with the reservation, CTUIR has its own government and laws.

Pendleton serves as a cultural center for eastern Oregon, with two symphony orchestras, a strings program in the public schools (the only one in eastern Oregon), a thriving arts center, and Blue Mountain Community College. Many touring bands (mostly alternative and bluegrass) stop on their way from Portland to Boise to play at the Great Pacific in downtown Pendleton. Pendleton is also home to the Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility, a medium security adult-male correctional facility. The business district has undergone recent revitalization, anchored by the Hamley Building, an award-winning restoration of one of Pendleton’s earliest saddle-making establishments, and The Prodigal Son Brewery, which has resurrected Pendleton’s early brewing tradition.


Tips for Buying or Selling Your Home In Oregon part 3

Use these tips in any city or town in Oregon


The value of the land UNDER the hom has taken an even more dramatic jump than the price of homes. By one estimate, the average price of a lot has jumped 420 percent since 1973. It has doubled in the last six years alone. Chances are that land accounts for over 25 percent of the cost of a hom today compared with 18 percent only 15 years ago.

Estimating the value of a lot separate from its Pendleton home is tricky because the two typically come as a unit. However, you can get a ballpark figure by subtracting the estimated value of the average house (floor space times cost per square foot) from the total sales price. This specific dollar value is not so meaningful as the percentages of land to buildings and how they change over the years. Pendleton Real estate investors should also keep a sharp eye on the mix of land and property values. Although the cost of buildings can be depreciated for tax purposes over time, land cannot.


If you have arranged an appraisal of your Pendleton home, whether it be for legal, tax or pre-sale reasons, you can make the appraiser’s job quicker, more accurate and more efficient if you have some documents ready before the appraiser arrives.

Try to have copies of your deed and mortgage; the professional survey of your property; the local tax map; your last tax assessment; any professional reports on environmental conditions in your Pendleton home (such as a test for radon); and a home inspector’s report if you have one.

Also list major improvements you have made with invoices that document their cost. If your Pendleton home is fairly new, note any special features for which you paid extra. Also list personal property that will be included in the sale, as well as items attached to the Pendleton home that you’ll take with you when you move, such as a dining room chandelier.


If you are considering selling your home in Pendleton, remember this: buyers are not looking for a roof to keep the rain out – they’re looking for a new lifestyle. You are not selling a house – you’re selling a HOME!

Set this “home” stage for buyer showings:

Keep your home in Pendleton clean, neat and cozy at all times. You might have to show it on short notice. The kitchen is the focal point of any home. Everything should be spic and span, with dishes washed and excess paraphernalia tucked away. Beds should be made, and kids’ clothes stowed and not left where kids usually leave them.

Decorator touches help a lot: vases or pots of flowers, colorful pillows, mirrors on the walls to make rooms look more spacious. Mow the lawn, touch up any peeling paint. Don’t start major renovations, but do make obviously needed small repairs, such as a leaky faucet, torn screen or peeling paint. Remember, you’re selling a “home”.


Do you heat hot water you don’t use? One of the simplest ways to save money is to lower the temperature of your hot water heater. If you have it set at 160 degrees, lower it to at least 140 and shoot for between 115 and 106 degrees, for showers and domestic needs, 105 – 110 degrees is as hot as you need. Beyond that you would scald yourself. Trying to conserve hot water by mixing it with cold water is not economical.

If you need 140 degree hot water for your dishwasher, turn your heater up just before dinner so the water will be hot when you need it. After your dishes are done, turn it back down. You don’t need 140 degree water for your morning shower and it’s a waste to have it sitting in your tank all day while you pay to keep it hot.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to put an insulation blanket around the water heater and drain the sediment every six months. A dirty heater is inefficient and more expensive to operate.


How much do you know about your home in Pendleton and appliances?

1. T/F: There is little difference in heat efficiency between a fireplace and a wood-burning stove? Answer: False. Wood-burning stoves generally give off more heat.

2. T/F: You use more water washing your dishes by hand than by running your dishwasher daily.  Answer:  True.

3. T/F: Frequent vacuuming will eventually wear out fibers in your carpet. Answer: False: Imbedded dirt will wear away at carpet fibers, so frequent vacuuming is essential for long wear.

4. T/F: Aluminum storm windows are more effective than wood-framed ones in keeping out the cold.    Answer: False. There is little significant difference in efficiency between wood and aluminum-framed windows.

5. T/F: When remodeling your home in Pendleton, improvements should not exceed 30% of the home’s current value.  Answer:  True.


Did you ever notice a neighbor’s home in Pendleton for sale being videotaped? It’s not a Hollywood production or a local TV documentary. What you are seeing are home buyers in action.

Today’s camcorders are lightweight and versatile. Many operate single-handedly at the touch of a button with no experience required. The results can be reviewed instantly (or at your leisure). Camcorders are being used everywhere for every occasion. Why not for house hunting?

Whether a camcorder can be used is entirely the option of the individual home seller. However, many sellers welcome the high-tech attention to their homes. Buyers interested in using a camcorder can check with my office. I will seek pre-approval from sellers whose home will be viewed on that day.


It’s not an easy task to straighten out the affairs of a single parent who has died. Paperwork and forms are one thing, but how do you go about selling the home if it’s located quite a distance away? Once the house is emptied of furniture, you’ll have to be concerned with its security and maintenance. In this situation there is only one logical route to take. List it with a local agency and let them take the problems off your back.

For security and maintenance reasons, time is usually of the essence. You may wish to offer the Pendleton property at a competitive price to ensure a speedy sale. Still, it does take time to sell a home in Pendleton at any price. A suggestion would be to find an agency who will offer you combined services of “manager” and “marketer.” The agency would be selling the Pendleton  property, and, at the same time, check the house on a regular basis to be sure it is well maintained and secured. I can work out arrangements of this type.

My next blog post will be focused on Checking Your Own Credit History, Checking Loan Chances Firs and Don’t Pass Up a Gem.  See you then!

Top 10 Things to do in Pendleton Oregon Part V

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9) Check out new and exciting artists at the Pendleton Center for the Arts

The Pendleton
Center for the Arts is a great place to
view, buy and make art. We offer fine arts exhibits, live music performances,
arts education for youth, teens and adults, and a great venue for purchasing
hand-crafted fine gifts made by regional artists.

Located in the heart of Eastern Oregon, our beautifully restored 1916 Carnegie Library building is an architectural treasure in its own right. The Center caps one end of a downtown core that is regaining its vitality and charm. Community members use the building for weddings, receptions, meetings and parties of all kind.

You can take a quick
video tour of the building HERE.

website is owned and maintained by the Arts Council of Pendleton and the
Pendleton Center for the Arts © 2005

Arts Council of Pendleton is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established
in 1974


Visit us: Tuesday – Friday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday Noon – 4:00 pm

We also feature an
important – and FREE – after-school program for teens called Art Rocks Teens (A.R.T.).

We work to make the
viewing and making of art accessible to everyone. We hope you’ll visit us and
take advantage of the wide range of events and activities available. AND we hope
you’ll support us with your membership so that we may
continue to provide great art experiences for the community. Corey’s Kids Art Fund provides an
opportunity for teens and young adults to donate to the arts.

We’re indebted to the
many individuals, business members, foundations and organizations
whose financial support made the renovation of our building possible and makes
it possible for us to provide ongoing services.

Check out our important
Business Members HERE.

Want to see YOUR
artwork at the Center? Get more info here.

If you’re detail oriented, have a strong understanding of sound bookkeeping principles and value a flexible schedule, you could be a great addition to our crew. Position available
for a part-time bookkeeper (80 hrs/mo). Submit resume and cover letter before
July 15. Pendleton Center for the Arts 214 North Main.

Rdescription HEREead the full job

10) Take a stroll along the Umatilla River on the River Parkway or along Pendleton’s historic Main Street

Pendleton River Parkway

Step onto the Pendleton River Parkway and step into nature. Almost three miles of flat trail takes you through the heart of Pendleton along the banks of the Umatilla  River. Take a few minutes to explore other city landmarks along the  way. For suggestions from locals, keep scrolling down. Restrooms  are located along the Parkway at Roy Raley Park, Stillman Park and  Brownfield Park.

Driving Directions: Take exit 207 off I-84, travel east on Westgate (Hwy. 30) approximately 2 miles,  turn left at Westgate Place, park at the end of the cul-de-sac where the River Parkway trail begins. Additional parking available at Roy Raley Park, Stillman Park, the east end of Byers, and Bedford Bridge at SW 18th Street. Map available under City Parks.

Distances on the trail:




Little League Ball Park SE 8th Street 3/4 mile
SE 8th Street Main Street/Brownfield Park 1/2 mile
Main Street/Brownfield Park SW 10th Street/Roy Raley Park 1/2 mile
SW 10th Street/Roy Raley Park SW 18th/Amy Bedford Bridge 1/2 mile
SW 18th Street/Amy Bedford Bridge Highway 30 Bridge/Babe Ruth Ball Park 1/4 mile
Highway 30 Bridge/Babe Ruth Ball Park NW Carden 1/4 mile

Other Walking Trails

Pendleton Community Park
Access from SW 41st, SW 37th and SW 44th Street  parking areas; no hills; users may walk 1/2 mile loops on either side of the  creek or cross the pedestrian bridge and walk a mile circling the exterior  border of the park; the park is somewhat protected from the wind; restrooms available*.

McKay Neighborhood Park
Access from SW 44th next to McKay School;  approximately 1/2 mile of walking path with hills; restrooms are available*.

Rice-Blakey Park

Access from SW Quinney & SW 24th; approximately 2/3  mile of path over scenic hilly terrain; sometimes a little windy; parking on SW  26th; restrooms are available*.

Grecian Heights Park
Access from Tutuilla Road and Athens Way; north side  walking path is approximately 1/2 mile; south side walking path is approximately  1/2 mile; restrooms are available*.

Olney Cemetery

Mature trees and slightly challenging grade changes make Olney Cemetery a great  spot to bump up your routine a little. The cemetery may be a surprising  recommendation for a walking trail, but try it sometime and you’ll discover its  appeal. Sorry, no restrooms.

*Restrooms are closed during winter months due to risk of freezing pipes and are  unlocked on April 1 each year.

Top 10 Things to do in Pendleton Oregon Part IV

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7) Go for a swim at the world class Pendleton Aquatic Center & Water Park

Pendleton Family Aquatic Center & Til Taylor Wading Pool

1901 NW Carden, Pendleton, OR
(541) 276-0104 June thru Aug
info/weather closures)
(541) 276-8100 Parks office

2011 Summer Season Hours: Daily, Noon to 8 pm beginning Thursday, June 9th through Labor Day weekend.

Directions: Take exit 207 from I-84 onto Westgate Road headed east, turn left at Northgate (approx. 1.8 miles), right on NW Carden, left at Pendleton High School entrance, parking on left above the pool.

The Pendleton Family Aquatic Center features gigantic water slides, over 200′ of open and closed tubes, three pools, family picnic facilities with gas grills, children’s water features and concessions. You can bring in your own food and drinks, no glass containers please. Float toys are also allowed but not water wings.

Children under 9 must be supervised; 48′ height requirement for big slides.

For information on swim lessons, pool parties, or pool shelter rentals, select the appropriate link to the left of this screen. Interested in renting the entire pool for a private party? Choose facility rental from the menu.

2011 Admission Fees – residents & non-residents
Ages 2 and under (with paying adult) FREE
Ages 3 to 17 $ 3.00
Ages 18 and over $ 4.50
Seniors 62+ $ 3.00
Early Bird Season Pass: from March 1 to June 8, 2011 you can purchase your season pass at a 10% discount from the regular rate shown below.
2011 Season Pass – family rate* applies to first 5 persons,
$10 for ea. additional person (season pass form)
Youth $ 50
Adult $ 55
Family $125

*Restrictions apply to the definition of family.

If you are low-income, you may qualify for a low-income pass. YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN THE PENDLETON CITY LIMITS. Download form here or pick up an application at Parks, 865 Tutuilla Road, Pendleton. Please follow instructions carefully.

Discount Punch Cards

Purchase a discount punch card for $30. Choose from a youth punch card with 12 punches ($36 value), or a multi-user card with 10 punches and the value depends on how it is used – if only used by an adult the value is $45 (10 visits X $4.50 daily admission). These can be purchased at the Parks office at 865 Tutuilla Road or at the pool when it opens after June 9.


Opens: Monday, June 20, 2011
Closed: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Hours: Monday – Saturday, Noon to 4 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm for a quiet evening by the pool after work.

Til Taylor’s wading pool has been a Pendleton favorite for 25 years! It is just the right size for little ones and a great spot for parents to relax a little too. The wading pool is intended for children 8 years and younger and they must be directly supervised. Clean swimming attire only. Pool attendant only on deck – no lifeguard on duty.

8) Learn your history at the Heritage Station Museum

About Us


The Umatilla County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1974, and each year’s Board of Directors has built upon the vision of its 100 charter members in providing the means to document and share local history.

An historic journal, Pioneer Trails, was first published in 1976. It continues to be printed three times annually to document the stories of the people, places and events in Umatilla County.

In 1981 contents of the Sturgis Museum at Blue Mountain Community College were donated to the Historical Society, the beginning of its collection of historic objects.

A storefront gallery opened as headquarters for the Historical Society in 1985. Limited exhibits were installed and Terrific Tuesdays, an educational program series began.

Arrangements were made to convert Pendleton’s train station to a museum in 1987. Renovations followed and the exhibits, programs, and collections came under one roof for the first time in 1988.

As the organization continued its steady growth, it became apparent that the Historical Society was outgrowing its space. A facility expansion was completed in the Fall of 2003. The depot was renovated for use as exhibit galleries, and a new entry building and preservation wing were constructed to provide space for a classroom, a museum store, offices, work space and artifact storage. The $2.8+ million project also included a courtyard, landscaping of the museum grounds, and construction of a small open-air amphitheater.


The Umatilla County Historical Society was organized to collect and preserve historical objects and stories unique to the Umatilla County region and uses them to strengthen present and future generations’ understanding of that history through exhibits and diverse programming.


Do you enjoy interesting stories and colorful anecdotes? Are you interested in delving deeper into local history? Join the Umatilla County Historical Society so that you won’t miss any of the publications; you’ll have unlimited free admission to Heritage Station Museum; and you’ll be notified of all programs and special events. You’ll also receive a couple of guest passes to treat friends or family!

Dues are $40 per individual, $50 per family, and $75 per business. Benefits include: three issues of Pioneer Trails, the Heritage Station Newsletter, notices of special events, discounts on activities and in the Museum Store. You’ll be helping to support Historical Society programming at the same time.

Gift memberships are thoughtful ways to provide a year of enjoyment for the recipient. We’ll be happy to send a card to the recipient announcing your gift, or send the new member materials to you to personally present.

Getting started is easy: mail your check with member’s name, address and telephone number to Heritage Station Museum, P.O. Box 253, Pendleton, OR 97801. To use your credit card you may use the above address or call 541-276-0012.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world?  Would you like to make new friends and work with dedicated, community-service oriented individuals? Do you have a passion for preserving and sharing local heritage and history?  If so, consider joining the ranks of volunteer staff at Heritage Station Museum.  Opportunities to be involved are numerous and varied.

If you are creative or handy with tools you might enjoy assembling exhibits or maintaining the facility.  If you enjoy organizing events or planning programs Terrific Tuesdays may be your niche.  If development and marketing bring you fulfillment, fundraising events and opportunities abound.  Managing the collection offers the opportunity to catalog and pack artifacts or to establish and maintain research archives.  Gallery and Store Attendants are on the ‘front line’, welcoming all who stop by Heritage Station Museum.

Call 541-276-0012 and ask how you can be involved.  You will be given a volunteer application with a list of opportunities to consider.  The Museum Manager will help match your schedule and interests with one of a variety of interesting job possibilities.  Any amount of time you can volunteer is appreciated, whether weekly, monthly or just for a special event or project.  All necessary training will be provided and you’ll be included in special volunteer-only activities.

Get on board at Heritage Station — you’ll be glad you did!

Gift Opportunities

The Umatilla County Historical Society is a non-rofit organization that is supported by dues, donations, grants, sponsorships and fundraising events. Because it is designated as a 501(c)(3) entity, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Donations support the annual operations and special projects (e.g. the Byrd School, the Homestead exhibit, and Capital Improvements). Occasionally, special projects provide naming opportunities. The Historical Society also has an Endowment Fund which provides long term stability.

For more information about these and other projects and to learn how you can support the Historical Society, now or through an estate gift, please talk with the Development Director.


From time to time Heritage Station Museum facilities are available to rent for non-museum events. The following areas may be available for rental: classroom, Pendleton Foundation Trust Gallery, courtyard, or the entire facility. To check availability and pricing call the Museum Manager

The Museum is open with new exhibits.

Umatilla County is at the hub of transportation routes east-west and north-south, used by Indian tribes, explorers, trappers, pioneers, and travelers of today.

The region’s varied terrain and abundant natural resources attracted people whose diverse traditions, ingenuity and perseverance have made it their ‘home’. Indian tribes, mountain men, missionaries, and emigrants have all made their mark on this region.

Heritage Station, The Umatilla County Historical Museum, is telling the story of this region’s unique heritage. It’s a BIG story, so exhibits are not static. They change often to portray local history from a variety of perspectives, utilizing historic objects and information from the museum archives. The Museum also hosts touring exhibits and showcases private collections.

Heritage Station Museum provides something for all ages and interests. Stop by and experience the region’s fascinating story. Explore a wide variety of interesting topics through the Museum’s special events. Enjoy publications which inform and entertain. Extend your museum experience with books, educational toys, and other treasures from the Museum Store.

How to find the Museum:

Heritage Station Museum is located in downtown Pendleton, just a block from Main Street. From 1-84 exit 210, drive north toward Pendleton’s City Center. Turn left a Court Avenue and left again on Southwest 2nd. Continue on SW 2nd into the Museum parking lot.

Museum Hours and Admission Fees:

The Museum’s regular hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, $4.00 for Seniors, $10.00 for a family, members are free.


108 S.W. Frazer
P.O. Box 253
Pendleton, OR   97801

(541) 276-0012
(541) 276-7989 (fax)

Top 10 Things to do in Pendleton Oregon Part III

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Pendleton Underground Tours “Comes To Life
To find out more about this special once a year tour CLICK HERE.

Our History

The Pendleton Underground Tours office is located in Pendleton’s Historic District, on the corner of SW 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue. The buildings that house the tours are: the Empire Building, 1907, The Hendricks Building, 1897 and the Empire Meat Company, 1895.

All properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pendleton Underground Tours’ properties are in what was once the red light district of Pendleton. The buildings on the tour have been maintained, true to the original state, allowing the visitor to see the sidewalks and basalt-rock tunnels the way they were constructed pre 1890’s. This special authenticity adds to their uniqueness, making the tours what they are today.


Pendleton Underground Tours ( P.U.T.) is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton’s red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the “Cozy Rooms” bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere. The history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family.

P.U.T. is coming up on its 15th year anniversary and is still going strong. It has become Eastern Oregon’s #1 year around tourist attraction. A tour that people once questioned, has now been featured on television and radio shows around the world. The great success and popularity of P.U.T. is the wonderful well-trained and educated Historians who guide tourists back in time to learn history that isn’t taught in school, but was very much a part of the early west and the lives of our ancestors. Nothing is artificial or fabricated. Experience the Real Old West at the Pendleton Underground Tours.

You’ll learn history that no one wanted to talk about.


Pendleton Underground Tours is open year round
Tour availability and office hours vary with seasons
Must call ahead for current schedule
Reservations need in advance with a visa or mastercard

Call: 541-276-0730

(easy walking but many stairs)

Tours start in our gift shop at 31 S.W. Emigrant Ave
Tours are guided and take approximately 90 min
Cost is $15.00 per person (no discounts)


Silence phones
No videos
Camera with flash ok
No restrooms on tour
Stay with guide no lingering
Tell guide if you need to leave tour
Please do not touch anything
Sit on benches only
Disruptive children and adults will be asked to control themselves or leave the tour
Water and soft drinks ok
Dress for weather outside
Wear comfortable walking shoes
Relax and have fun!

Be sure to make your reservations for Pendleton Underground Tours
once-a-year special event Underground “Comes to Life!”
CLICK HERE for more information.

Please call us for more information at:(541) 276-0730


The Working Girls Hotel (W.G. Hotel) is owned and operated by Pendleton Underground Tours. In 1991, people on the tour would ask if any of Pendleton’s 18 bordellos were stillopen? The tourists thought it would be fun to stay in one. Pam Severe restored and opened the W.G. Hotel in 1991, in one of Pendleton’s old boarding houses (bordello) built in the late 1890’s. Pendleton Underground Tours acquired the hotel in 1997.

The Hotel has a suite and 4 other sleeping rooms all furnished in Victorian decor. Each room is unique. Hard wood floors, 18 foot ceilings and exposed brick walls make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, only with the luxuries of the 21st century. Air conditioning for the summer and a warm fireplace in the winter time. Extra large bathrooms, plus a full kitchen and dining room for all W.G. Hotel guests to enjoy. (Sorry no children allowed because of the antiques and the layout of the facility.)

? Located in Pendleton’s Historical District

? 4 doors down from the Pendleton Underground Tours Office

? Walking distance to restaurants, shops, movie theater, museums,
the Umatilla River Walk Way, ice skating (in the winter), and much more.

? Rates are $75 to $95 depending on the season and room. Advanced reservations are required.

? Sorry, no children or pets allowed.

? Another Real West Experience!

Call (541) 276-0730 for reservations and more information.

Online Tour


It isn’t just a gift shop. Antiques, artifacts and animal mounts let you experience the feeling of an old-fashioned mercantile. Horehound candy and 10 cent candy sticks are available. Horseshoe puzzles, Real West T-shirts and Pendleton memorabilia are plentiful

as well.

After the tour when we’ve really wet your appetite for local history you can buy some of the most interesting history books written about the west.

For example, “More on the Pendleton Underground” a recently published souvenir book by Pam Severe and Lon Thornburg. This paperback gives even more details, history and information on the Pendleton Underground Tours. It is available for $7.00 at the store or we can mail one to you for an additional $3.50 for postage and handling.

There’s something for everyone to help remember their visit to Pendleton and its world famous Underground Tour.

Please feel free to call us
for more information at:
(541) 276-0730

Please feel free to call us weekdays at : (541) 276-0730

Our Address is:

Pendleton Underground Tours:
37 S.W. Emigrant Ave.
Pendleton OR 97801


If you are traveling East or West to Pendleton, Oregon, on I-84 take exit 210,
follow the city center signs to the rail road tracks,
go two blocks to the second street light (Emigrant Avenue) and turn left.
PUT is at the end of the block on S.W. 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue.

If traveling on Highway 11 from Walla Walla, Washington,
follow the city center signs to Main Street then turn left and go two blocks to Emigrant Avenue and turn right. PUT is at the end of the block on S.W. 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue on the North side.

The Working Girls Hotel is located at 17 S.W. Emigrant just a few doors down from the PUT office.


6)  Wild Horse casino and resort

Test your luck at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the nearby Umatilla Reservation

Top 10 Things to do in Pendleton Oregon Part II

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Enjoy the Oregon East Symphony Orchestra at the Vert Auditorium

About the Oregon East Symphony

For twenty-five years the Oregon East Symphony, called “the best small-town symphony orchestra in North America,” has provided Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high quality musical experiences and events. A volunteer Board of Directors guides the Symphony, which is administered by an Executive Director and Office Manager. Last season we said goodbye to long time Conductor and Music Director Kenneth Woods, who departs for new horizons. Concertmaster Lisa Robertson will fulfill the position of Interim Music Director while we undergo a search process for a new Conductor/Music Director. We will feature finalists in our search for a new conductor during our 2009-2011 concert seasons. A separate volunteer Guild supports the activities of the orchestra and chorale by providing concert receptions and sponsoring fund-raising events.Musicians with the Oregon East Symphony come from around the Pacific Northwest region to play. They hail from as far away as Portland, Eugene, Joseph, Baker City and LaGrande in Oregon and Spokane, Pullman, Vancouver, Tacoma, Ellensburg, Yakima, Tricities and Walla Walla in Washington. The OES wishes to encourage all musicians, young and old to find their musical roots and join in the music. You will always be welcome in the orchestra that fits your level of performance. Auditions are not required to join the orchestra.

In addition to its regular concert series, the Symphony is committed to a unique and comprehensive youth music education project ( Playing for Keeps) that supports, among other activities, two preparatory orchestras, a youth chorale, a mentorship program for young musicians, scholarships for instrument rentals and music lessons, an annual Summer Music Camp, and free concert tickets for students.

 Go for a hike in the nearby Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

The Umatilla National Forest, located in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, covers 1.4 million acres of diverse landscapes and plant communities. The forest has some mountainous terrain, but most of the forest consists of v-shaped valleys separated by narrow ridges or plateaus. The landscape also includes heavily timbered slopes, grassland ridges and benches, and bold basalt outcroppings. Elevation range from 1,600 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Changes in weather are common, but summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings. Cold, snowy winters and mild temperatures during spring and fall can be expected.

About the Umatilla National Forest

The Umatilla National Forest in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington is administered from the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Pendleton, Oregon and four Ranger Districts. The Forest Supervisor, assisted by a professional and technical staff, is responsible for all activities affecting the 1.4 million National Forest acres. District Rangers and their staffs accomplish on-the-ground management of forest resources.

The National Forest system is administered by the USDA Forest Service. The Umatilla National Forest is within the Pacific Northwest Region which includes the 19 National Forests in Washington and Oregon. Headquarters for the Pacific Northwest Region are located at the Robert Duncan Plaza, 333 S.W. 1st st., P.O. Box 3623, Portland, Oregon 97208, (503) 808-2200.

Like all National Forests, the Umatilla belongs to all Americans and is managed under the multiple-use principle ‘for the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.’

Umatilla National Forest map!

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 2.3 million acres of varied landscape, extends from the Blue Mountains and rugged Wallowa Mountains down to the spectacular canyon country of the Snake River on the Idaho border.

The forest ranges in elevation from 875 feet in the Hells Canyon National Receation Area to 9,845 feet in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

We manage the forest as sustainable ecosystems providing clean water, wildlife habitat and valuable forest products. This setting offers a variety of year-round recreation opportunities.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Map!

Top 10 Things to do in Pendleton Oregon part I

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1) Go to the world famous Pendleton Round Up:

SEPT. 14-17, 2011  Pendleton, Oregon

The first Pendleton Round-Up was to be “a frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco busting for the championship of the Northwest.” It turned out to be that and more.

For the initial show, all stores closed. “The largest crowd in Pendleton’s history,” 7,000 strong, showed up for the first show on September 29, 1910, a newspaper write reported.

“The words ‘Pendleton’ and Round-Up’ are on the lips of thousands and will continue to be for months and years to come… The Round-Up is a whirlwind success.”

Souvenir program from The 1913 Round-Up

Grow it did. Two decades later, patrons showed up from 36 states and eight foreign countries. Following two years in which the Round-Up was not held, because of World War II, attendance climbed again, eventually reaching 50,000 or more for the four-day show.

“Success bred success and Round-Up stayed in high gear,” says the book “Let ‘er Buck! A history of the Pendleton Round-Up.”

The key to the success of the rodeo and its many attendant activities is community participation – volunteers.

Indian participation has been a strong attraction, too, in the Round-Up arena, at Happy Canyon, in the Indian Village and in the Westward Ho! Parade.

Long before women’s lib, the fairer sex got into the act at the Round-Up – cowgirls in the early days of the Round-Up could be as tough as men. In 1914 Bertha Blanchett, wife of cowboy Del Blancett, came within 12 points of winning the all-around title.

Midway through the Round-Up’s colorful history, a Eugene newspaper summed it up with a characterization that remains applicable today:

“In good times and bad, Pendleton has gone on with the Round-Up. People over on the Umatilla have always been willing to take a chance. Maybe that’s the real cowboy spirit. Maybe it’s a little bit tougher brand of civic spirit. Anyhow, in Pendleton, the show goes on.”

2) Take a tour of the Pendleton Woolen Mills

Welcome To The Pendleton Mill Store

Mill History
In 1909, with family and town backing, the Bishop sons started up an idle mill in Pendleton, Oregon.

The town of Pendleton, a major railhead serving the Columbia Plateau, was a wool shipping center for sheep growers of the region. The mill, originally built in 1893, began as a wool scouring plant, which washed the raw wool before shipping. Due to increased freight tariffs on the shipment of scoured wool, the business soon became unprofitable.

In 1895, the scouring plant was enlarged and converted into a woolen mill which made bed blankets and robes for Native Americans. This venture also failed and the mill went idle. In 1909, the Bishops opened the facility and constructed a new, more efficient mill building with aid of a local bond issue. In September of that year, the first products emerged from the new finishing department and the tradition of Pendleton Woolen Mills began.

Today the mill stands on the same foundation as it did in 1909, but has added a retail operation along with investments in state-of-the-art technology.

Mill Tour InformationVisitors to the Pendleton Mill store are invited to take a free tour of the mill. Here you can see and learn about the renown Pendleton weaving process. When you’re finished you can visit our Mill Store where you can select from Pendleton’s array of menswear, womenswear, blankets and fabrics.

Public tours for individuals and small groups (under 10 persons) are held weekdays, at 9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. Reservations are not required, however tour spaces are filled on a first come basis. When necessary, extra tours may be added to the existing tour schedule if sufficient tour staff is available. Tours take about 20 minutes.

To place a tour reservation call the Pendleton Mill store 541-276-6911

How to Find Us
1307 SE Court Pl, Pendleton Oregon 97801