Umatilla County

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Umatilla County is named for Umatilla City on the Umatilla River, and Umatilla is the name of a Sahapin speaking Native American group who resided in the area.        


Created:  September 27, 1862

County Seat: 

Marshall Station  1862 – 1865

Pendleton            1865 – present


County Courthouse – Pendleton


Location:  216 SE 4th Street / SE Court Avenue

Built:  1954 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Roald, Schmeer & Harrington of Portland

Contractor:  McCormack Constructionn Company


Description:  The building  faces west and is a three story style red-orange colored brick and stone structure. The first story has red stone facing with a central recessed entrance. The windows on the second and third stories are vertical with a light colored panel between the upper and lower windows. There are north and south one story wings which extend from the main building. The roof line is flat. At the northwest corner is the clock tower with the clock from the old 1889 courthouse.


Note: When the 1889 Umatilla County Courthouse was torn down in 1954 to make way for the present building, the 4-faced clock was salvaged by a crane from its fancy French tower. The County donated the clock to the City of Pendleton, if they would install the old timepiece in a tower to be built atop City Hall. For whatever reasons, no doubt financial in nature, the City never made the necessary modifications to City Hall to accommodate the clock. So it sat in a warehouse at the City Shops, for nearly thirty years.



N – Columbia County, Washington

E – Wallowa County and Union County

S – Union County and Grant County

W – Morrow County

















Photos taken 2012