Jackson Sundown Statue

135 S Main Street, Pendleton, OR

Bronze outdoor sculpture of rodeo rider Jackson Sundown by Greg Polutanovich


Jackson Sundown

Photo taken by Richard Doody in April 2015



Jackson Sundown (1863-1923), a famous Native American cowboy and nephew of Nez Perce Chief Joseph. His Nez Perce name was Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn. Sundown was an excellent rider and breeder of horses and competed in rodeos across the Pacific Northwest. After a close loss in 1915 Pendleton Round-up at the age of 52, Sundown decided to retire from the rodeo. He was persuaded to enter one last time the following year and became the 1916 Saddle Bronc Champion. This final victory was later popularized in Ken Kesey's novel The Last Go 'Round.

Update Log 

  • January 25, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • January 25, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


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