The story of the Harding blanket is that in 1923, President Harding and his wife visited the West to dedicate a portion of the old Oregon Trail. At that ceremony, local Cayuse and Umatilla chiefs presented Mrs. Harding with a Pendleton shawl modeled after the famed Chief Joseph blanket. This was the origin of the iconic Harding pattern.
- 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in the USA
PROVENANCE AND ETHICS
Pendleton's family history in Oregon dates back to 1863 when Thomas Kay, a young English weaver opened his own mill in Salem, Oregon. In 1909 Thomas's three grandsons, Clarence Morton Bishop, Royal Thomas Bishop, and Robert Chauncey Bishop opened Pendleton Woolen Mills. Six generations later Pendleton Woolen Mills is still run in Oregon by the Bishop family.