Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Monday morning we went back to the Oregon trail Interpretive center. Flagstaff Hill is another hill the wagons had to come over. You can walk out to see the wagon ruts.

Signs in the center.

Our first RV trip was in 2005 along the Oregon Trail. We have been on the road camping ever since. Oregon is a beautiful area to go camping.

We heard David Jason portray "Probably" George Malvern telling of his adventures as a Mountain Man and leading a wagon train to Oregon.

Tuesday morning we drove to Pendleton, OR. We passed large herds of cattle.

We are camped at the Wild Horse Casino and RV park. It also has a golf course and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Larry played some golf while Lynda and I toured the culture center. (Jim, Larry is anxious to play golf with you, as long as his instructor gives him the OK:).

This is a native-owned interpretive center and it tells much of how the trail changed Indian's lives, and how they are taking back their culture today. It also had a special exhibit on the Pendleton Round Up, since this is the 100 year for it.

This evening we all went to Tamastslikt cafe for an Indian taco. It was on corn fry bread, very tasty.

Wednesday morning we went into Pendleton to have an Underground tour.

Old sign on the side of the building for the Shamrock Card room and under it for a cleaner the best in town, both were underground.

Bottle glass grates you see on the sidewalk that allowed light into the tunnels.

The grate from inside the underground. It really did allow a lot of light to come in.

Many of the stores had rooms underground. Here is the Empire meat company. The temperature was always 40 in this room and it kept the meat much fresher then in other meat markets.

The speak easy was a big part of the underground story.

the Ice cream parlor made and stored its ice cream down here. It was sold in little rectangle pint boxes.

There was a large gaming room. It has a very nice tin ceiling.

Above the buildings on the second floor were cozy rooms or brothels. They were legal until 1953 and then a few stayed here illegally until 1967. The cowboys and herdsman had to have some where to go to spend their money and have fun. We had an interesting tour of Stella's cozy room.

Our next tour of the day was to the Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Lynda bought a beautiful Pendleton blanket. It is the chief Joseph pattern, the longest running pattern they make. The blanket is a pretty shade of green although it looks a little grey here.

Our tour guide through the mills. A blanket is made every 25 minutes. on this loom.

We had earphones to hear her talk over the noise of the looms.

The arena for the Round Up. This town will fill up the second week of September. I bet it gets pretty wild, but I would love to see it sometime.

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