Monday, December 5, 2011

Own a Piece of Pendleton History

The Geronimo Blanket by Pendleton
In February 2010, Pendleton Woolen Mills rolled out the world's longest blanket -- and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

For the design, we chose a pattern that dates back to the early 1900s:  Geronimo.  The original blanket in this pattern was owned by Geronimo -- he was once photographed wearing a blanket in this design.

The giant Geronimo blanket was exhibited in different parts of Oregon throughout 2010; it was even part of the Centennial Circle Dance at the 2010 Round-Up!

The World's Largest and Longest Seamless Blanket had some pretty impressive stats:
  • It tipped the scales at 380 lbs and had to be transported by forklift!
  • It measured 432 feet in length -- that's around 1.5 football fields!
  • It measured 2303 square feet in area -- that's larger than the average house in Portland, OR!
  • It used the fleece from more than 50 sheep!
  • It took nearly 13 hours to weave at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Pendleton, OR!

You can now own a piece of Pendleton history -- commemorative throws made from the World's Largest and Longest Seamless Blanket are available in limited quantities.  The throws have a special leather patch describing the world record set in 2010, and are individually numbered.  Only 160 are available!

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