Since we decided to stay one more day and check out the town and find out why Pendleton was known as the entertainment capital of Eastern Oregon! We sign up for the underground tour. Pendleton has many underground tunnels under it. Started when Wells Fargo was tired of the being robbed when the train came into town and they had to take the money to the bank a block or two away. So they got the idea to put a tunnel from the rail to the bank! Then everyone else thought it was good idea too. We toured a small part of it. Saw some of the speakeasys,chinese laundry and living quarters,jail,opium den, prohibition card room. Stairs that lead up to one of the 18 bordellos. It was about 90 minute tour. We tour the bordello too which was also a boarding house at the same time!
We then walked around the main street and had lunch in the Rainbow cafe/bar oldest operating cafe in town 1918. Lots of pictures etc to look at there too! Good food!
Try this one. 1/3lb hamburger with a fried egg,tomato,lettuce,red onion and avacado! includes choice of homemade fries,soup,salad. $8.00!
After lunch we walked over to Hamley & Co. it's over 100 years old, saddle making and horse tack, western wear. Its the oldest western store in the US. Big prices too!.
We then headed over to Pendleton Woolen Mills to check it out. I had alread stopped by their store on main st. wanted to see the operation and how they do make the blankets but too late for the tour but watched a video. They do have a shop there and outlet for the not so perfect blankets (hudson bay and indian prints).
We headed back downtown to the famous Pendleton Round Up rodeo grounds and checked out the gift shop and museum. They have the famous horse "War Paint" stuffed. Only few rode him! It has all the cowgirls and cowboys clothing collection. Next month the the Round up is coming,going on since 1910. From what we hear it's a long crazy week. Found Pendleton to be great place to visit glad we took the time to check it out.