Pilot Rock Chamber of Commerce

The 9th Annual First Citizens and Business Excellence Awards Banquet is right around the corner!  On April 8, we will recognize some of Pilot Rock's great citizens, educators, students and businesses that make our community a great place to both live and work in! 

We are honored to announce that this year’s guest speaker is Pendleton Mayor John Turner.  In addition, dinner will be catered by Jeannine Hoeft of Simply Catering. 

Social Hour begins at 6, doors will open at 5:45 pm.  Dinner will be served around 6:45 pm and awards will follow!

Menu:  Brisket & Chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, browner bar, and carrot cake. 

Adult beverages provided by Pendleton Coffee Bean and Bistro.

Tickets are $20 and can be pre-paid at Pilot Rock City Hall or by sending payment to the PR Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 765, Pilot Rock, Oregon 97868.

 If you have additional questions call Virginia at 443-5832!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

Thank you to our Table Sponsors

Kinzua Lumber / Boise Cascade

Doherty Welding

Wheatland Insurance

The Bike Pit

Pilot Rock Parks and Recreation


Indian Lake

Pilot Rock Elementary School

Sweet Delights by Krystal

Pilot Rock Foundation


Up-Coming Events


April 8:  9th Annual First Citizen and Business Excellence Awards Banquet

April 9:  Bike Pit Races

May 3:  Community Clean Up Day

May 13:  Mud Bogs

May 21:  Bike Pit Races

June 11:  Bike Pit Races

June 14:  Summer Reading Program Starts

June 17:  31st Annual Indial Lake Fishing Derby, Mud Bogs

July 15:  5th Annual Family Fun Day at Indian Lake

August 19:  Mud Bogs

September 10:  Bike Pit Races

October 13-14:  Community Yard Sale

October 22:  Bike Pit Races

November 23:  Thanksgiving at Archie's 

December 2:  Winterphest; Bazaar & Light Parade



City History

Photo: Historical PhotoGold was discovered in the Blue Mountains in late 1861.  A rush of gold miners came to the area with three men arriving that winter.  “Hookey” Burke, a freight hauler, was the first who decided to spend the winter at what is now the city location.  Andrew Jackson Sturtevant, pushing a wheelbarrow towards the gold fields, decided to stop at the location in 1862.  Finally, John Alta Sylvester, also settled, thinking to cater to the wintering miners.  The Pilot Rock post office was established in December of 1868 with Andrew Sturtevant was the first postmaster.  Of the three, he was the most instrumental in founding the city.  Born in England, Sturtevant arrived in America and headed westward, arriving in Salem in 1861.  After obtaining a position as a teacher, he decided that teaching was not for him and headed for the Blue Mountains.  After establishing the Post Office, Pilot Rock was platted eight years later in 1876 and incorporated in 1912. 

City Government of Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock has a mayor form of government consisting of the Mayor and six elected councilors.  The day-to-day operations are managed by two department heads consisting of the Public Works Director and the City Recorder.

Historical DVDs

Photo: Historical PhotoThe history of Pilot Rock is now available on four DVD’s!  Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Pilot Rock Library Fund.