Stella Darby

A town once famous for its bootlegging and bordellos, Pendleton was considered by cowboys of the time to be the entertainment capital of the Northwest. Among the 32 saloons and 18 brothels that called Pendleton home, the most notorious of these was Madame Darby’s Cozy Rooms. This statue of Madame Darby, though a bit controversial, reminds visitors of a more colorful part of Pendleton’s history. Stella Darby stands proudly at the entrance to her risqué establishment. The Stella Darby bronze is also the only privately owned statue on the Pendleton Bronze Trail, and is dedicated to Pam Severe, who established the Working Girls Hotel and dedicated her life to preserving Pendleton’s underground history.

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