Pendleton is not a terribly interesting town. It is perhaps best known for the Pendleton Roundup—begun in 1910—which occurs each summer. Also well-known is the Pendleton Woolen Mills. Pendleton is located in north-eastern Oregon, along I-84, and is not that far away from the Umatilla chemical weapons depot. The area is mostly agricultural, and driving through in the spring yields fields of wheat, onions, and mint. To the east rise the Blue Mountains, and heading west on I-84 takes you to the Columbia River Gorge.
The following article, from 1947, was taken from page 7 of a book titled Alien Impact by Michael Craft. I don’t really recommend reading the whole book, but it does have a few interesting stories.
PENDLETON, Ore., June 25 (AP) - Nine bright saucer-like objects flying at “incredible speed” at 10,000 feet altitude were reported here today by Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Idaho, pilot who said he could not hazard a guess as to what they were.
Arnold, a United States Forest Service employee engaged in searching for a missing plane, said he sighted the mysterious objects yesterday at 3 p.m. They were flying between Mount Ranier and Mount Adams, in Washington State, he said, and appeared to wave in and out of formation. Arnold said he clocked and estimated their speed at one thousand two hundred miles an hour.
Inquiries at Yakima last night brought only blank stares, he said, but he added he taked today with an unidentified man from Utah, south of here, who said he had seen similar objects over the moutains near Ukiah yesterday.
“It seems impossible,” Arnold said, “but there it is.”
Craft, Michael, Alien Impact. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.
The following is a great site on Pendleton, and contains a short history of the city: City of Pendleton, Oregon.
For more information about Pendleton, please visit the following site from Pendleton Underground Tours.
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The weather forecast for Pendleton is also available here.