Sheriff Til Taylor Memorial

700 SE Dorion Street, Pendleton, OR

Bronze equestrian statue of Sheriff Til Taylor dedicated in 1929


Sheriff Til Taylor

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2009



Bronze equestrian statue of Sheriff Til Taylor by A. Phimister Proctor. Tilman D. Taylor was Deputy Sheriff of Umatilla County from 1898 to 1912 when he was elected Sheriff. He was killed while attempting to stop a jail break on July 25, 1920. His three assailants were recapture within a week and subsequently hanged.

Taylor was President of the Roundup Association and its is in the cowboy garb he wore in that capacity that Proctor depicts him. Taylor preferred to wear business suits while working as sherrif.

The statue was molded and cast by Proctor in Brussels and Rome and shipped to Pendleton where it was placed on a granite pedestal in Til Taylor Park. It was dedicated by Governor Isaac Lee Paterson on September 18, 1929.

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody