Til Taylor Park is located off East Dorion and SE 7th Street in Pendleton. The park was originally constructed as a memorial to Sheriff Til Taylor, who was killed in the line of duty on July 25, 1920. This park is best loved for its small wading pool that provides many families a cool break in the summertime. The park is home to a memorial statue, a public service officer memorial, restrooms, and playground equipment.
The 11’ tall memorial bronze statue was created by sculptor A. Phimister Proctor. Days after Sheriff Taylor’s murder, the community began collecting donations to honor the fallen sheriff. It depicts him in western wear riding his horse and was originally surrounded by reflecting pools. The statue was dedicated on September 18, 1929.
Til Taylor served as president of the Pendleton Roundup Association in 1912. He is credited for inviting the tribes to take part in the Roundup a tradition that remains today.
The Til Taylor statue is part of the Pendleton Bronze Tour (www.pendletonbronzetrail.com).