Pendleton in Umatilla County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
In 1911 he lost in the Pendleton Round-Up finals for the World Championship Bronc Riding event that pitted him against John Spain and George Fletcher. He returned to the Round-Up many times, and in 1916, at the age of 53, Jackson Sundown won the World Championship Bronc Riding competition. He was awarded a $500 Hamley's saddle, which he engraved with is wife's name. Sundown was also awarded the All-Around Cowboy title of the 1916 Round-Up.
Jackson Sundown was the favorite Native American model for sculptor A. Phimister Proctor, who spent many months living with Jackson and his family. Among the many works for which Proctor used Jackson as a model. the best known is probably the work entitled Indian Pursuing Buffalo on display at the Smithsonian. Proctor was also the sculptor for the Ti Taylor statue in Pendleton.
Jackson Sundown retired to his home in Idaho in 1917 and worked as a ranch hand and horse trainer for the remainder of his life. He died December 18, 1932. On the backside of his gravestone is engraved:
Erected by Pendleton Bronze Trail.
Location. 45° 40.384′ N, 118° 47.273′ W. Marker is in Pendleton, Oregon, in Umatilla County. Marker is on South Main Street near Southeast Byers Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 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. Chief Clarence T. Burke (a few steps from this marker); Club Cigar Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Judd Block (within shouting distance of this marker); DeSpain Block (within shouting distance of this marker); State Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peoples Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Donald C. Requa (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milarkey Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pendleton.
Also see . . . Jackson Sundown - Wikipedia. Jackson Sundown ..., born Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn (meaning Blanket of the Sun), was (Submitted on December 23, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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