I-84 in Oregon and the town of Pendleton.

Oregon landscapes change from hilly scrub….


To breathtaking vistas like this at Farewell Bend recreation area…


Higher elevations have forested areas….



The valley below us cradling Pendleton is spectacular and immense…..


Once down the 6 mile steep downgrade we came to the town of Pendleton….


This town was settled in the mid 1800’s. Most of the downtown buildings are occupied with all manner of shops and restaurants. Maybe Walmart has a store here but I doubt it.

Joe and I were in search of food. It had been a long day of driving and Oregon is still ranching country. We went to the Hambley Steakhouse and Saloon. Hambley’s is, evidently, quite famous for their saddles that were handcrafted here. Most of the building is taken up by western style clothing for the ranchers and cowboys. The steakhouse is only six years old.

This place is AMAZING!

Upon entering the steakhouse – dinner begins at 5 pm before that food is available at the bar – you first see this old telephone booth.




Next by the door is this old wine cellar thing.


This portion of the ceiling is original. I don’t know if the lighting fixture is a Tiffany.



To the left is the host/maitre de area. Beautiful old pieces of furniture.



Dividing the “Saloon” from the dining room is an old bank teller cage. This came from a bank robbed by Butch Cassiday.



The bar is from Grantsville, Idaho which was an old mining town. The bar was built in 1883.


Hamley’s is worth the look around. The food is definitely NOT worth the prices. We didn’t stay for dinner. A rib eye steak is $54. The burger Joe and I split was nothing to write about. The salads were good, but what do you expect from rabbit food anyway.

I love old buildings. The craftsmanship is mind boggling. That was at a time when electricity was just introduced, no hand held power tools, unless you call elbow grease the power for the tools. No computer aided drafting, nor a calculator. Dimensions were figured using a pencil, paper or scrap of wood, and a brain.

Find an old building and get yourself lost in the beauty of it.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

2 responses to “I-84 in Oregon and the town of Pendleton.

  • gardenpinks

    You can see from the street/road layout that Pendleton dated from the Wild West era – those wide roads to allow horse and carts to pass each other. Beautiful decor and old furniture in the restaurant/saloon and love that lamp! Those prices were way too much money though – is Pendleton a rich area? However, that is not a good way to attract custom – high prices and indifferent cooking. Bit of a let down.

    Beautiful scenery too 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      I think Pendleton is one of those “toney” places where the affluent live. Tourism is probably a necessary evil for the town. Prices high enough to keep some of the travelers out and welcome those that can afford it.

      Someday I will have to come to your part of the world to look around at truly old buildings 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

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