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The Pendleton Woolen Mills

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on October 14, 2014

 
 

The historic town of Pendleton, Oregon, lies just east of the Blue Mountains in the northeastern part of the state. A community of some 17,000 residents, Pendleton is probably best known as the namesake for the renowned Pendleton Woolen Mills. In operation since 1909, the company’s original plant here still makes the near-legendary woolen blankets…

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The Pendleton Round-Up

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on October 14, 2014

 
 

Pendleton is home to one of the best-known rodeos in the American West, which has been held since 1910. Scheduled annually for the second week in September, the Pendleton Round-Up features dozens of events during its eight-day run, including parades, concerts, cowboy shows, children’s events, beer garden and the Happy Canyon Outdoor Indian Pageant &…

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Pendleton Underground Tours

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on October 14, 2014

 
 

A guided 90-minute walk exploring Pendleton’s colorful role in the “Old West,” mostly beneath the downtown area, is offered by Pendleton Underground Tours. Here, you’ll follow historic tunnels connecting speakeasies, opium dens, the living quarters of Chinese workers, the town’s jail and even a meat market, where keeping the meat fresh was aided by underground…

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Operated by the Umatilla County Historical Society, the Heritage Station Museum showcases the region’s history through numerous exhibits on the grounds of Pendleton’s original passenger rail station, located on the south end of the downtown area. Among points of particular interest are a historic Union Pacific caboose, a one-room schoolhouse, a video presentation and displays…

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Recently, I had the opportunity to explore the historic and charming town of Pendleton, Oregon. The town embraces its Wild West past through numerous historic and cultural attractions, such as its newest addition, the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Operated by the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes, this must-see attraction is the only Native American-owned interpretive…

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Arriving in Central Oregon

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 23, 2014

 
 

Oregon offers the traveler such a wealth of exceptional vacation destinations that the central part of the state is sometimes overlooked, which is definitely a big mistake! But if your group has made plans to tour the Central Oregon area, you’ll surely want to make an en route sightseeing stop at the Peter Skene Ogden…

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 23, 2014

 
 

Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1990, the numerous points of interest in Newberry National Volcanic Monument are administered by the U.S. Forest Service rather than the National Park Service. Newberry Crater itself is just part of a massive volcano that covers some 600 square miles and has erupted sporadically for many thousands of years. I…

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The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 23, 2014

 
 

Depending on exactly which routes one follows from Bend, the splendid Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway takes the traveler through a wonderland of about a dozen sparkling lakes, surrounded by snowcapped peaks, dense forests and geological formations. Although a minimum driving time of three to five hours is suggested, I spent another full day here, allowing…

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The Living Desert Museum

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 19, 2014

 
 

I spent a weekend revising old favorites and discovering new vistas on a weekend discovering the area around Bend, Oregon. One indoor attraction that caught my eye was the Living Desert Museum. It’s always a treat to encounter a world-class facility in a largely rural area, but that is precisely what I found at the…

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The Restored Fox Theater

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on August 15, 2014

 
 

During my weekend in the Spokane area, I learned about the Expo ’74, which held one of the last World’s Fairs in America. The site of Expo ’74 remains today as the 100-acre Riverfront Park, tucked between the city center to the south and the Spokane River and cataracts of Spokane Falls on the north….

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