Today on the Oregon Land Use Trail: Pendleton

Throughout the summer, we'll be featuring stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, August 27: Pendleton. In the corner of northeast Oregon, Pendleton is a economic and cultural engine for an entire region.

About: Though no longer eastern Oregon’s largest city, Pendleton remains vital to its identity, a place that celebrates agriculture as essential to its culture. From the famous Round-Up rodeo every September to its historic downtown, Pendleton’s vitality depends on the contributions of local ranches and farms. Calling itself “the Real West”, the town also hosts northeast Oregon’s largest farmers market and the celebrated Pendleton Center for the Arts, located in a former Carnegie Library downtown.

Fun Fact: Pendleton is famous for its woven wool products. The first wool mill was started in 1909 by Thomas Kay. Kay became popular and renowned in the west for his manufactured blankets for Native Americans. Even over a century later, the blankets and clothing produced at the Pendleton Wool Mill remain popular.

Another Cool Fact: Pendleton has underground tunnels that were constructed in the late 1800’s by Chinese-Americans who set up various types of business in the underground tunnels.


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Text by Nathen Lamb, Communications Intern. Photo: Sam Beebe. Creative Commons.