Pendleton has a wild history but something that happened only 40-50 years ago was REALLY wild!

Andrew Kirk

Just outside of town near where Reith Road and the railroad tracks go under the freeway along the Umatilla River there used to be a NUDIST COLONY!

That’s right, sleepy Pendleton had people sauntering around in their birthday suits right near the entrance to town.Old timers recall the property having a pretty tall fence to avoid gawkers.

The family who owned the property liked to go commando for sure, but neighbors believed they frequently had visitors, thus deserving the title “colony.”