Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington state, 160 miles south of Spokane
and 100 miles from Lewiston in the state of Idaho. Sitting at the base of Blue Mountains, the
valley community is scenic with sunny cold winters and sunny hot summers. The population in
the county is under 60,000. However, it draws tourists year round. They come to fish, hike, ski,
golf or visit the many farms in the region, some around since the 1870's. Staples such as wheat,
hay and the world famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions are shipped across the nation.
Established in 1862, its past includes fur traders, explorers Lewis and Clark and nearby gold
rushes. Many of the buildings from the early 1900's have been restored and are still standing,
including businesses and private homes. Even trees have a historic significance in Walla Walla,
particularly the silver maples and black walnut trees planted in 1901.
Before the white settlers arrived the Nez Perce were just one of several tribes who forged a path
through this region.