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Legendary Reputation


The Pendleton Round-Up

The first Pendleton Round-Up in 1910 was to be “a frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco busting for the championship of the Northwest.” It turned out to be all that and more. A century later it is the most traditional, largest outdoor rodeo in the nation and fills the second week in September with heart-pounding rodeo action, big name concerts, a nightly pageant, parades, traditional Native American dancing and drumming, a teepee village, bull riding, entertainment and more. Pendleton was ranked #1 in True Western Towns In America in True West magazine (Jan. 2011).

The Round-Up was recently designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition to “recognize those traditions that have helped define the state. They are distinguished events that are part of our heritage as Oregonians.” In addition to this honor, other accolades received in the past year include: True West magazine named the Round-Up the Best Professional Rodeo in the county—along with the Cheyenne event the Round-Up was named the PRCA’s Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year—it is Western Horseman’s Top Cowboy Vacation Destination in the country, and was a driving force behind the community’s designation as the Top True Western Town in America; the association was named Pendleton’s Business of the Year for 2010. The most recent award was the famous Let ‘er Buck Room being named the Best Cowboy Bar in the country by Cowboys & Indians magazine… and it’s only open one week a year! Pendleton Underground Tours

The Pendleton Underground Tours was begun in 1989 and has grown to be a destination attraction. The guides tell Pendleton’s story of what a frontier wild west town was really like, right down to why the Chinese population created living spaces underground and when the last bordello was closed in the 1950s. A new offering at the Underground Tours is a video presentation and exhibit of leather and saddles beautifully crafted by the late Duff Severe, whose work has been displayed in the Smithsonian Institute several times as examples of the finest handcrafted saddles. Once a year, the Underground “Comes Alive” by populating the spaces with actors entertaining capacity crowds by reenacting scenes that could have occurred there in the past.

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St. Anthony Hospital

St. Anthony Hospital is a 25-bed, critical-access hospital offering many services that use state-of-the-art equipment. They are proud to offer dedicated and skilled nursing and technical staff, along with emergency medicine available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system includes the Hospital, four Clinics, an award-winning Outpatient Physical Therapy Department and the Roundup Athletic Club. St. Anthony is the cornerstone of an outstanding cadre of local professionals providing a wide range of health care specialties. Since 1901 St. Anthony has been setting a high standard of care and is the region’s largest hospital. To continue their legacy into the future, a new hospital on a 94-acre campus is being planned for the near future.

Rainbow Café

A business on Main Street called the “State Saloon and Banquet” first opened its doors in 1883. Now, 127 years later, it is known as The Rainbow Café, and is the oldest business in town in its original location and still doing the same kind of business. Be sure to be there on St. Patrick’s Day for a special celebration and the World’s Shortest Parade, but whenever you go you’ll enjoy the historic photographs that line the walls.


Hamley & Co.

The Hamley family moved to Pendleton 106 years ago and brought their saddle-making talents with them. Hamley & Co. of Pendleton has since become synonymous with top quality leatherwork and western goods. The store is the epitome of a Western store with clothing, tack, saddles, along with amazing bronze statues and historic merchandise cases and furniture. Watch the saddle makers crafting saddles to fit both cowboy and horse and carving the leather by hand, and visit the western art gallery on the mezzanine. It is difficult to understand what a unique tribute to the West the Hamley’s store and adjacent SteakHouse are. Historic back bars have been sought out from all over the west to put in the event rooms. The bank counter from Belle Fourche that was robbed by Jesse James and a rack of buffalo coats among numerous antiques and art add to the warm ambience and experience. The legend rides on!

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