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  • wyo w
    10 contributions
    Heading to the Lewis & Clark Trail, I wanted info on the Native Americans who inhabited the Oregon area. The Tamastslikt museum has an extensive collection of Indian artifacts of such breadth and depth, I would challenge any other museum to top it. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order, accompanied by native voices explaining their culture and beliefs. Even after deliberate attempts by the US Army and other misguided officials to destroy and assimilate Natives, the museum details how these people surmounted these challenges. Their story is both tragicand uplifting!
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • Robert R
    Salem, OR25 contributions
    Taken on its own, this museum does not appear to offer much to the average person. However, if you have the opportunity to also visit the Pendleton Roundup and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, the two complement each other very nicely.

    Here we met, for the second time on our travels through town museums and such, a wonderful and very knowledgeable woman named Virginia. Apparently she has ties to both museums and I got the impression that she was the driving force behind them as well. If you get to meet Virginia and have a conversation with her, you will learn more about Pendleton history than what an historian with a PhD would be able to teach you.

    This particular museum tracks not just the past history of Pendleton but also teaches how current events, technology and politics affect the areas food production capabilities of the city and surrounding areas. It is like an interactive timeline in which you can learn everything from how the town began (which was not without scandalous behavior, I would add) to how the annual Roundup is currently being planned and conducted.

    But, I would caution that this museum is not complete without a visit to the Pendleton Roundup and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame as the history of the town is entwined heavily with the annual rodeo.
    Written April 2, 2022
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  • Robert R
    Salem, OR25 contributions
    Let me start by saying this venue should not be visited without a corresponding visit to the Heritage Museum. The two are very complementary of each other which makes sense given the cultural and historic significance of the annual Roundup. If you are very lucky, you will meet the wonderful Virginia who will happily engage you in conversation regarding virtually anything involving Pendleton history.

    This exhibit is currently undergoing "modernization" in a manner of speaking, as the staff is hard at work digitizing as much of it as is possible. It would be interesting to see if they are able to afford to have a 3D virtual reality program of the Hall of Fame created. I would highly recommend that generous donations be given to this museum in order to help them consider that as an option.

    If you want to know anything at all about the annual rodeo, the people who make it happen each year and the successes and tragedies it has experienced over the past 112 years, you will find that information at the Hall of Fame (or, if not there, I am almost certain Virginia will have an answer for you).

    I highly recommend a visit to this venue if you are visiting Pendleton.
    Written April 2, 2022
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  • Travel_Bug_Bitten
    San Francisco, CA194 contributions
    I like to play here about once a year. This time we brought the kids here on the way home from a family vacation. I received a discount from them for the nicer rooms in the tower. The room was great. Service was good. I even had good luck with the Slots when I played. The only complaint I have is that the prices for food and family activities is a little on the pricy side. we decided not to do anything and ordered pizza to be delivered to the room from outside the casino. I was not real impressed with what they where charging for food in general. But with that said this is still a good place to play as adult couples.
    Written June 7, 2021
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  • Jrc4545
    Portland, OR222 contributions
    Museum in the old carnegie library has been updated into an excellent art museum, performance space and top art and craft shop. Staff are very engaged and full of knowledge about art on display, building, and performances. We stumbled upon an evening bluegrass performance that was very entertaining, full of eastern oregon humor, and featured a very good young woman fiddler who showed up the next morning driving a hitch of belgian horses in the rodeo parade. Shop has one of the best selections of ceramics from artists in the region showing influence of betty feves, a great potter. A real community asset and a treasure worth a visit
    Written September 13, 2019
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  • Jill S
    Olympia, WA40 contributions
    Right in the midst of stately, historic homes is the nice, shaded park. Clean, very well maintained, pet friendly (on leash).
    Written September 26, 2019
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  • Ira W
    Pendleton, OR43 contributions
    I took my granddaughter who was visiting me to the Children's Museum for a little play time. The facility is nicely laid out, clean and has sufficient bathrooms. There is a construction room where kids can build things, a firehouse with a pole and fire engine controls the kids can play with, a boat, a camping out area and another area for tea and restaurant play. There is also an area exclusively for 1-3-year-olds. My granddaughter is almost 7 and she had a great time playing with the forced air exhibit, the firehouse, and the boat. She also served me tea and cookies in the restaurant area. We spent a couple of hours there and had a wonderful time.
    Written June 28, 2019
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  • Dena M
    Waitsburg, WA5 contributions
    This photo is of Stella Darby who operated the Cozy Rooms Brothel. Take the Pendleton Underground tour to see the brothel rooms and learn more about Ms. Darby and her contributions to Pendleton (there were many).
    A statue of Mrs. Raley (the cat woman) is directly across the street.
    Written January 3, 2020
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  • marci4tony
    Nampa, ID260 contributions
    Don’t let the small size fool you; this place is packed with history! Definitely worth a stop in if you like history. Good Doolittle information and photos. Helps keep our history alive if we support these places!
    Written July 13, 2019
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  • William S
    Kobe, Japan1,181 contributions
    An art piece commemorating early settlers. A 2-minute stop on you way to the nearby toilets and park. Not worth a separate visit.
    Written September 6, 2021
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  • Jenny Lu A
    Pendleton, OR42 contributions
    I have enjoyed driving up the mountains throughout my life and the view point was usually the first stop, just to look and enjoy. Good memories at this view overlooking the base of the Blues, Pendleton, and all the farm land. I love it. No bathrooms though. Just FYI.
    Written March 2, 2021
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  • Robby G C
    Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
    A lovey church painted in beige.

    Everyone is welcome. Church starts at 10 A.M. on Sunday.

    There are two crosses outside. One over the door and one higher than the roof.

    It is attractive!

    Worthwhile to see!
    Written May 31, 2019
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  • Gene Ozzie O
    Astoria, OR26 contributions
    Acres and acres of wheat and barley, some harvested and more being harvested. Fun to watch the people and combines at work.
    Written September 9, 2015
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  • Kevin
    Middleton, WI131 contributions
    Our family of 5 took the Pendleton Underground Tour in late June, 2022. Our tour guide, Lon, who literally wrote the book about the various things we saw, was both informative and entertaining as he took us through the speakeasy, Chinese laundry, opium den, pool hall, and brothel. We appreciated the attention paid to the mistreatment of the Chinese in that time period, which was very objective but did not inflame controversies by getting political.
    Written July 2, 2022
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  • LCO
    Jacksonville, FL50 contributions
    Nice place to get the beautiful Pendleton blankets and wraps. They have a small museum at the back dedicated to the Native American influence and examples of beadwork. They also have a room full of "flawed" blankets etc. which are discounted. Masks are required and staff were wearing them at all times. They also sold luggage, purses, clothing (men/women), towels, baby blankets and other baby items, and hats. (Not an exhaustive list, but that covers most of it.)
    Written October 9, 2021
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