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Pendleton in Umatilla County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Milarkey Building

 
 
Milarkey Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 30, 2017
1. Milarkey Building Marker
Inscription. The Milarkey Building at 203 South Main Street is 26 ft. by 100 ft. long and was erected in 1883-84 by Thomas Milarkey in the "Late Simple Expression Italianate" style. This style is typical of many brick commercial buildings constructed in Pendleton from 1885 - 1900.
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, a real estate firm and the office of Carter Kerns.
 
Erected by City of Pendleton.
 
Location. 45° 
Milarkey Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 30, 2017
2. Milarkey Building and Marker
The marker is at the left edge of the building.
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.
 
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.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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