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Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties


Umatilla County, 97813

Athena was originally a stage stop between Pendleton and Walla Walla. At first it had a variety of colorful names but then became more prosaically Centerville. That did not work because the Washingtonians had already used it so they changed to Athena. The area has a Scottish heritage background. The Caledonian games have been played there off and on for over 100 years. The hiway department plans to rebuild mainstreet (summer, 2112) so that ought to kick up a little dust. ODOT has been really good over the last decade or so upgrading small town mainstreets. It's like giving the town a face lift, something the town itself could never afford.
Related Links: History of Athena
History of Centerville
The Highland Games