Pendleton’s legendary hospitality continues today in fine style. Over 1,200 rooms are available in an array of accommodations: bed and breakfasts, full service hotels, resorts and full service RV camps. The PUR can help accommodate booking of your team to ensure the best rates available and accommodate any special needs required by your team.
Local support is important and we can deliver a wide variety of base services to keep your team on schedule. From machinists to hardware stores we can cover your needs. Check back soon for a fully detailed list of local suppliers and service providers.
Locals have their favorites, but visitors find it difficult to choose where to eat from the amazing array of choices found here. Whether you’re craving fine Northwest cuisine, cut-it-with-a-fork steaks, or the best hamburgers in the west, you’ll find it in Pendleton. Visit the local brewery and pub one evening, and enjoy local wines in a bistro the next. Top it off with a cup of coffee made with freshly roasted beans, or a glass of local wine at a sidewalk café. Or maybe your taste runs to a hand-made milkshake from a 50s diner. Delicious Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai menus are also found here. Affordable and diverse catering can be arranged through the PUR personnel to keep your team charging ahead during long days as well!
City of Pendleton History:
City of Pendleton HistoryThe City of Pendleton had its beginning in the early 1860’s when Moses Goodwin purchased land from a squatter for one span of horses. In 1868 the Umatilla County Court (established six years earlier) had a three-member selection committee to determine a site for the County Buildings. The site selected was between Birch and Wildhorse Creek to be named Pendleton in honor of Senator George H. Pendleton of Ohio (1864 Vice presidential candidate for the United States). In December of that year, Moses Goodwin and his wife deeded 2 1/2 acres of land to the county from which the original town was platted on December 18, 1868.
Pendleton was officially incorporated on October 25, 1880, with a population of 730 inhabitants. The early Council minutes and ordinances reflect the colorful history of Pendleton. The first ordinance of the City dealt directly with drunkenness in public places, fights, and discharging of guns within the City limits.
In 1910 local attorney Roy Raley, who had an excellent flare for theatrics, decided to have a rodeo after harvest and the famous Pendleton Round-Up was born. The show was such a success that property was purchased and permanent buildings and grounds were constructed to hold the annual event. The slogan “Let’er Buck” was adopted as the Round- Up byline. The traditional event is held annually in the second week in September and now draws over 50,000 people.
Pendleton is adjacent to the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In May, 1855, five Indian tribes of Eastern Oregon and Washington territory met in Walla Walla to make a treaty with government officials. That treaty is known as the Treaty of 1855 and resulted in the formation of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.
World War II brought a great deal of development to the Pendleton airport. Runways were expanded, housing added, a sewer and water system established, all to prepare for the training of American pilots which served overseas. Jimmy Dolittle Raiders trained at the Pendleton airport. Many of the structures and improvements built during the war are still visible at the airport today. The airport and surrounding property was turned over to the City after the war and now houses the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport with approximately 13,000 emplanements a year.
The City of Pendleton proudly continues to move forward with an eye to the future while maintaining a keen awareness of the need to maintain the infrastructure and livability of Pendleton.
Discover your own authentic western adventure in Pendleton. The Fine Craftsmanship, Rich Tradition and Legendary Reputation started with Pendleton’s Native American Culture and continued on with the Hamley & Co. saddle shop, the Pendleton Round-up and the Pendleton Woolen Mills all of which are still in operation today! Tour the original Pendleton Woolen Mill, watch the saddle makers at Hamley & Co., visit our world class museums, one of our art galleries or take the Pendleton Underground Tour where the guides tell the story of what this frontier Wild West town was really like.
Pendleton’s music scene is alive and well and on any night you might find music at one of several locations. Great events are also going on all year long, including the famous Pendleton Round-Up, Pendleton Cattle Baron’s Weekend, Christmas Carriage Parade Weekend and so much more!
Pendleton has over 21 city parks, which include an aquatic center, Skate Park, tennis courts, disc golf course, softball fields, soccer fields and amazingly fun playgrounds. Visit the City Parks & Recreation website for more information.
If shopping is your pleasure enjoy our antique shops, gift shops, dress shops, western wear, saddle shops, several jewelry stores and even a custom hat shop.
The Umatilla River runs right through Pendleton, which sits in a beautiful valley at the base of the Blue Mountains. All this makes for great outdoor recreational opportunities.
Open roads for motorcyclists and bicyclists
Nearby Wildhorse Resort and Casino
Two beautiful golf courses offer a variety of golf experiences.
Birding along the Umatilla River Parkway or at McKay National Wildlife Refuge
Umatilla National Forest
Big game and upland game bird hunting
Water fun at McKay Reservoir or on the Columbia are minutes from town
Stream and lake fishing including world class bass, walleye and sturgeon fishing on the mighty Columbia
Snow sports in the winter including uncrowded ski resorts and hundreds of miles of beautiful snowmobiling areas.