Northeastern Oregon--at the foot of the Blue Mountains!
Umatilla County is located in the Northeast corner of
Oregon, along The Oregon Trail, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. This site is a volunteer
effort to assist historians, history buffs and genealogists to
search public records and private records for information on the
history of Umatilla County. It is one of hundreds of similar
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Umatilla County was created September 27, 1862. It was carved out of
Wasco County, as it was laid out at that time. Umatilla County's
name is derived from an Indian word Youmalolam, as reported in
Lewis and Clark journals. It means "water rippling over sand."
The first county seat was located at the town of
Umatilla by a vote of the people in 1865. A legislative act in
1868 directed that the people decide on the location of the county
seat. The new location was selected and named "Pendleton"
in honor of George Hunt Pendleton, Democratic nominee for vice-president
The county is located at the southwest corner of the great Columbia
Basin and extends from the 200 foot elevation of the Columbia River,
across the rolling plains and low hills to the tops of the Blue
Mountains at the 5,000 foot elevation.
Umatilla County is situated along the Oregon Trail and was visited by
Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806. Wagon trains traveled through
the Blue Mountains, winding their way down to the banks of the Umatilla
River where Pendleton now stands.
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