Pendleton Journals

Wild and Wooly Pendleton

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An August 2006 trip to Pendleton by btwood2

· Historic buildings on the banks of the Umatilla Photo, More Photos
Quote: You know about Pendleton woolen blankets and shirts, you may have heard of Pendleton Round Up, but what is Tamástslikt?

Wild and Wooly Pendleton

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Overview

Shamrock chaps Photo,
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What is Tamástslikt? In the language of the Shahaptan-speaking peoples who first lived here, it means to interpret, to translate, or to turn over or turn around. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute also happened to be the biggest highlight of our second visit to Pendleton in 2002, when we got stuck there in the first snowstorm of the season. I returned to Tamástslikt this year, in 2006, and again was enchanted to view and experience the world of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, as they were, as they are, and as they hope to become. For rodeo aficionados, Pendleton Round Up is THE major highlight of this town, proud to proclaim itself the Real West. We arrived...Read More

Wildhorse Resort & Casino RV Park

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Hotel | "Wildhorse RV Park"

Wildhorse Resort & Casino RV Park Photo, Pendleton, Oregon
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With views of wide expanses of green fields and golden rolling foothills edging the Blue Mountains, this 100-space RV park is a pleasant place to overnight or spend a longer time. It’s located behind Wild Horse Casino and Resort, one mile off the I-84. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla own and operate the Wildhorse complex, which also includes golf course and museum. Downtown Pendleton is a quick 6 mile drive away. Soon after our arrival, Bob noticed sprinklers watering strips of lawn between RV spaces. Ground water is a dirty word to my husband, as it makes spots on shiny surfaces (such as outsides of motor home and car) that require som...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Wildhorse Resort & Casino RV Park
72777 Hwy. 331
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
(541) 278-2274

Rainbow Café

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Restaurant

Rainbow Café Photo, Pendleton, Oregon
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If you’re looking for a Cheers-type pub "where everybody knows your name" (or soon will), you’ll love Rainbow Café. A local favorite, it’s a unique hybrid of Irish pub and cowboy bar, plus eatery offering three square meals and in-between snacks from dawn to closing. We discovered the Rainbow during our October 2002 visit to Pendleton. Seeking refuge from slate gray sky, chill wind, and imminent snow, we were drawn to the Rainbow’s warm, inviting interior, where we enjoyed some hearty fare. The weather was quite different in August 2006: bright penetrating sun, inducing sweat only minimally alleviated by warm breezes. Unequivocally time for a c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Rainbow Café
209 S. Main Street
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 276-4120

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

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Attraction | "Tamástslikt Cultural Institute I"

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Photo,
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Slow down, you move too fast: I re-learned this lesson, one that first presented itself to me in Simon and Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song, at Tamástslikt. As a naturally slow-moving person in a fast-forward world, I’ve always pushed myself to keep up, or more often, catch up. Tamástslikt is one of those rare places where the emphasis is on slowing that frenzied pace. The one-way winding drive from the highway to Tamástslikt was purposely constructed curvy to set the mood and slow visitors down. This museum is not meant to whiz through in two hours. It was such a gift to us on our first visit in 2002, when we were stuck in Pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
72789 Hwy 331
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
(541) 966-9748

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute

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Attraction | "Tamástslikt Cultural Institute II"

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Photo,
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Beginning my second visit to Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, I was given a ballot and asked to vote. The 6th Annual Here Forever Tribal Art Show had a wealth of paintings, drawings, photographs, beadwork, baskets, headdresses, and more – in both ancient and modern media – on display in the hallway. Not easy selecting one favorite out of so many excellent works. Nawinathlanmi Lati't means Indian Paintbrush, and was on display in the changing exhibit hall. Paintings, charcoal and pencil drawings, and photographs, many of them colorized, showed images of Indian people and landscape. Who we were: The magic really begins entering ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
72789 Hwy 331
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
(541) 966-9748

Pendleton Round Up

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Attraction

Pendleton Round Up Photo, Pendleton, Oregon
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Though we didn’t attend this world-famous Round Up, and likely won’t since we don’t like big crowds, its presence permeates Pendleton even during the 51 weeks a year it isn’t happening. From the ubiquitous bucking horse logo on the city-limits welcome to Pendleton signs (and everywhere else), to the vast Round Up rodeo grounds on the west side of town, Pendleton’s Western theme predominates. Let ‘er buck! The bucking began in 1910 on the same rodeo grounds the Round Up has been held on ever since. Surviving through fires, world wars, the Great Depression, and even a cowboy strike, Round Up celebrated its 96th year in September 2006. The 8-day event takes place the second week in Sep...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Pendleton Round Up
1205 S.W. Court
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
(541) 276-2553

Umatilla River Parkway

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Attraction

Umatilla River Parkway Photo,
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Pendleton’s Umatilla River Parkway is a 2.5 mile-long, 8 foot wide asphalt path constructed on top of a levee on the south side of the Umatilla River. It fits right in with gritty, down to earth Pendleton. Instead of upscale people jogging and on bicycles, skater dudes and homeless-looking guys were whom I came across on my walk. A particularly scruffy looking guy accosted me, asking me why I was taking a photo of a rusty pipe sticking out of the gravel alongside the parkway. "I like old things," I mumbled. "Oh, I get it. It’s like, modern art?" he scowled. "Right!" I replied, walking on. In all fairness,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Umatilla River Parkway
along Umatilla River between Hwy 37/Westgate and Byers Avenue
Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills

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Attraction

Pendleton Woolen Mills Photo,
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Whenever I visit a Pendleton store, I find myself wishing we spent more time in cold climates, which would give me the needed excuse to buy more woolens. At the Pendleton Woolen Mill last August, senior citizens were arriving by the busloads from Portland to take the popular tour and shop. We’d already taken the tour in 2002, so shopping was our focus this time, but mostly of the window-variety. This is a great place to buy slightly flawed blankets for a fraction of their value, and the mistakes are often so obscure as to be unnoticeable to all but the sharpest eye. Trade blankets were Pendleton Woolen Mill’s claim to success and fame. When the Bishop family bought the old defunct scouring...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Pendleton Woolen Mills
1307 SE Court Place
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 276-6911.

· Historic buildings on the banks of the Umatilla Photo,
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We took the Pendleton Underground Tour in 1989, during our first visit to Pendleton. At that time, I had no reason to doubt its veracity, and it was entertaining enough. We were led through a maze of basalt rock tunnels, through a card room, Chinese laundry, ice cream parlor, and meat market. One year later, the tour expanded to include a Chinese jail, Chinese opium den, and "cozy rooms", an upstairs bordello. Our tour ended in a gift shop, with an unimpressive assortment of souvenirs. Been there, done that. On our third visit to Pendleton in 2006, a brochure for the tour shows a pigtailed Chinese man smoking an opium pipe, w...Read More

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Rodeo, New Mexico