We visited Pendleton over the weekend, and you can’t NOT visit Hamley’s western gear store downtown on Court St. The sidewalk has a big 1883 embedded into the sidewalk outside the door. Now there’s some history!
Beautiful saddles greet you as you enter the front door. Some are tooled, some are plain.
And a wall of felt hats. How can you tease a man about his hat when it costs $800? I hope those are beaver felt, and not rabbit (for that price, I am sure this is the case!).
A vintage hobby horse looks ready to ride. What a joy it must have been to be seated on that real saddle.
I love this vintage bench with the cow hide thrown over. I thought it might make a good background for a painting.
This was the most glorious piece of art in the store, in my opinion. The motion, the sense of danger, and how in the world is it balanced to not tip over?
I tried to take a close-up of the price tag on the rawhide rope. $800. Right next to it was another sign, “When you buy quality, you only have to buy once.” Ain’t that the truth.
I did not set up this shot right, I was trying to include both the painting and the statue and I should have addressed each separately. There is western art scattered throughout the store, making it a great reason to stop in.
A bronze commemorating Chief Joseph. The Nez Perce settled not too far from Pendleton (maybe even included the city in their home territory, I am not sure) so there is a nod to the past.
Before we move on, I want to include this carved horse on a balustrade. Don’t you love the casual use of art?
This last piece I just thought was a pretty use of mosaic. Remind myself: try this one day!
Then we stopped at a park. There were some toys past their prime, but I love the inclusion of this pioneer wagon.
And a commemorative statue. Little girl included for scale purposes only..
A close-up to see the detail. What kind of life must he have lived to be commemorated so elegantly?
Why, the plaque explains. Imagine the adventures he lived through. Wow.
I’ve had a couple customers mention they had not heard of the Pendleton rodeo, so I’m showing off some of the history. I also recently watched a documentary, called From Cheyenne to Pendeton, the Rise and Fall of the Rodeo Cowgirl. It was informative and moving, and I’d recommend looking for it at your library — or buying it if you enjoy rodeo history.