Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2018 Edition

Independence Day Weekend visit to
Pendleton, Oregon
And the
Pendleton Underground

Also the Ghost Towns of
Nolin, Oregon
Echo, Oregon
Rieth, Oregon

And a few pictures of us taken in Pendleton, Oregon

July 6-7, 2018

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These images were made with my Nikon D810 camera and my
Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 manual focus Lens.

Nolin is an unincorporated community in Umatilla County, Oregon, United
States. Nolin is about 8 miles southeast of Echo, next to the Umatilla
River. At one time the area was known as "Happy Canyon". Adam "Ad" W. Nye,
a settler of the 1860s, named the Nolin area Happy Canyon, for the spirit
of the people who lived there. The name was later adopted by Pendleton
Round-Up for its indoor show in commemoration of this time. Nye was County
Sheriff in 1872–74. The nearby community of Nye was named for him.

At one time Nolin had a post office, a store, and a school. Nolin also has
a cemetery. An Oregon Railway and Navigation Company (now Union Pacific)
railroad line was built through Nolin, crossing the Umatilla River on a
steel bridge constructed in 1907.

The Cunningham Sheep Ranch, founded in the 1880s by Charles Cunningham,

is based in Nolin. It was once one of the largest sheep-raising operations
in the United States. Today it raises rambouillet sheep.

Nolin might have been known a Happy Valley in the long distant future..
but Hostility Valley might be a more appropriate name these days.

We were walking around on a public road and a couple of guys who I presume
work on the sheep ranch wanted to know what we were doing.... considering
that we were walking around taking pictures one would think that our
intentions were fairlry obvious... and clearly benign.

Most of the time when we are walking around these ghost towns, the few
people we run into are gracious and friendly. And we very much enjoy
visiting with the "old timers" who know all about the town's history.

In Nolin's case, we were not-so-politely informed that Nolin is not a
ghost town and that no building in the town is older than the 1940's.

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