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We all know Pendleton Woolen Mills. But, what do we know about the town of Pendleton, Oregon?

Frankly, nothing.

Good thing for us, the Oregon Historical Society is currently celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up. The event was devised in 1910 to give the town a signature event. Founding president Roy Riley laid it down, “Pendleton, like lots of other good towns, is pretty quiet, it’s asleep.  Let’s wake it up.  We can’t hold a Rose Carnival like Portland, nor a Cherry Fair like Salem, nor a Regatta and Naval Pageant like Astoria, but we can give any town on the map cards and spades and win out hands down when it comes to bronco busting.”

The exhibition includes all sorts of good artifacts, photographs, and stories, outlining 100 years of the cowboy classic.

Images from the show and a brief video follow. Always fun to learn a little something about the towns that birthed important brands. Real heritage, if you will…

Tall in the Saddle closes on July 4, 2010.

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