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Historic Photo of Mill Interior

Pendleton: An American Heritage Brand

Pendleton textiles are renowned for quality, beauty and craftsmanship. As a sixth-generation, family-owned company,
our weaving expertise comes from over 150 years of innovation and dedication.

1863

Founder Thomas Lister Kay, an English master weaver, arrives in Oregon with his family and establishes himself as a key force in region’s growing woolen industry.

Image of Thomas Kay
Fannie Kay, Thomas Kays Daughter

1876

Thomas Lister Kay’s daughter, Fannie Kay, marries retailer C.P. Bishop, creating the foundation for present-day Pendleton Woolen Mills.

1902

The three sons of Fannie Kay and C.P. attend The Philadelphia Textile School, furthering the Bishop family’s weaving expertise.

CP Bishop and His Sons - Roy, Broughton and Mort
Historic Photo of Outside View of Pendleton Mill

1909

With the local community financial support, the Bishop family rebuilds a woolen mill in Pendleton, Oregon.

1912

We acquire a second woolen mill in Washougal, Washington, cementing our connection to the Pacific Northwest.

Historic Photo of Outside of Our Washougal Mill
Vintage Ad Showing Pendleton Blankets

1916

Our Glacier National Park Blanket is introduced, the first in a series of blankets celebrating the National Park Service.

1924

As an alternative to the drab work shirts of the day, we introduce colorful wool shirts for men.

Vintage Ad Featuring Mens Wool Shirt
Vintage Ad Featuring Womens 49er Jacket

1949

Our first women’s collection is introduced, featuring The ’49er® Jacket.

1955

Pendleton Dry Goods Mercantile opens in Disneyland’s Frontierland.

Vintage Photo Showing Pendleton Store at Disneyland
The Beach Boys Wearing Pendleton Shirts as the Pendletones

1961

The Beach Boys (originally known as the Pendletones), wear our Original Surf Plaid Shirt on the cover of their Surfer Girl album.

1976

The Pendleton Legendary Blanket Collection debuts to celebrate the symbols and stories of Native American culture.

Image of Rodeo Sisters Legendary Blanket
The Original Westerley Sweater - Featured in the Big Lebowski

1988

Jeff Bridges wears our Original Westerley Sweater as The Dude in The Big Lebowski spawning a cult-classic look that inspires fans today.

TODAY

We continue to produce exceptional goods that are recognized worldwide, and are proud to give back through donations, contributions and philanthropic partnerships. 
Shown: a scene from the 2023 Pendleton 
Round-Up. Every year since its inception in 1910 we‘ve participated in this beloved event, considered to be one of America’s top rodeos.

Photo From Pendleton Round Up in Pendleton, Oregon