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.

Echo is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population
was 699 at the 2010 census.

The original Oregon Trail passed just south of Echo. When the Columbia
Plateau Route opened in 1847, it passed directly through Echo, crossing
the Umatilla River. This eventually became the primary route of the Oregon
Trail. Frequently pioneers would stay in Lower Crossing Camp, also located
in Echo (the Upper Crossing being at Pendleton). In the 1860s, settlers
began moving into the area, and built a ferry crossing the Umatilla River
at Echo. The city of Echo is named after Echo Koontz, daughter of JH
Koontz and W (Brassfield) Koontz, who were town promoters. Agriculture
was the first draw, with alfalfa and corn being the main crops. A town
was platted by 1880, and the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company built
a railroad through the Echo by 1883, which made the town a shipping point
for wool, cattle and sheep during the early 1900s. Echo was incorporated
in 1904. On December 22, 1927, William Edward Hickman, the murderer of
Marion Parker in Los Angeles on December 17, was arrested by police near
the town. The place of Hickman's arrest was commemorated by a billboard.

The last sale on the pump on the right must have been a long time ago.
30 gallons (must have been a big truck!)... $7.20 total. 30 cents a gallon.
Those were the days....

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