Today we drove into the Oregon town of Pendleton. The famous Pendleton woolen mills are here. The first one was built in 1863 and they have been operating continuously since the first one opened. The famous Pendleton wool blankets are made at this mill. We got to tour the mill and also shop in the outlet store. They have beautiful products, but they are quite expensive, even in the seconds sections, which are blankets that have some flaws.
The Bishop family owns the mills and have so for 6 generations.
The courthouse here in Pendleton has a Seth Thomas tower clock that was installed in 1889. They really believe in longevity here.
Pendleton's first euro-American settlers arrived in the early 1860s and a bridge across the Umatilla River was built for the Oregon Trail settlers. By 1868, Pendleton became the Umatilla County Seat. By 1900, Pendleton was the fourth largest city in Oregon and the second to pave its streets.
The Umatilla River runs through this town and so after lunch we took the river walk beside the Umatilla. It was very peaceful and very pretty.
Then we went into the oldest western store in the United States. Hamley's was opened in 1883. It still sells saddles, boots, cowboy hats, chaps, clothes cowboy western style jewelry and clothes. They have saddles made by famous people and for famous people. I think only rich cowboys and cowgirls can shop here though. Wow, the costs of a hand-tooled saddle was in the multiple thousands of dollars, but really beautiful.
We had planned to tour the Underground of Pendleton, but when we called this morning to register for a tour, no one answered. The brochure said they were closed on Mondays. However, when we were walking around the town, we found the tour office and they were conducting tours, but the last one for the day had already left, so we did not get to take the tour. That would have been interesting.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Idaho and the city Coeur d' Alene. We have driven through here before and thought it was a beautiful area. We are looking forward to spending some time there and then it is on to Helena, Montana to spend 2 weeks with our younger daughter, Christina. Cannot wait to see her and spend time with her. It has been too long.
Sorry there are no pictures from today.
Take care and stay safe.