Pendleton in Umatilla County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
It has a history as a drug store for 96 years serving the developing community. Its owner, Thomas Milarkey, was a pioneer freighter merchant and builder of many early day buildings in the downtown commercial district.
The original storefront, brick detailing, high ceilings, and arched windows reflect the graceful and elegant, if simple lifestyle enjoyed by the early founders of this agricultural, timber, and mining service center for Eastern Oregon during the late 1800's.
The Umatilla County Courthouse originally faced the building across the street. It had ten chimneys but now has only one. Elmer Kerns purchased the building on September 1, 1981 from the estate of Elizabeth Murphy, who had been a Milarkey. It was then historically preserved according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation guidelines. As of 1991, the building housed an insurance agency,
Erected by City of Pendleton.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings.
Location. 45° 40.344′ N, 118° 47.244′ W. Marker is in Pendleton, Oregon, in Umatilla County. Marker is on South Main Street near Southeast Court Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 South Main Street, Pendleton OR 97801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Saloon (a few steps from this marker); The Peoples Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); Kathleen McClintock 1907-1998 (within shouting distance of this marker); George Fletcher (within shouting distance of this marker); Judd Block (within shouting distance of this marker); R.F. Renn Building (within shouting distance of this marker); DeSpain Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Milarkey-Murphy Bldg (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pendleton.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.