Home Town Profile – Walla Walla
The city so nice they named it twice. There are about 30,000 people who call the community of Walla Walla their home. The city’s economy mostly relies on the agriculture and wine industry, both of which have helped put Walla Walla on the map.
This city may have the most interesting history of all places in Washington. The first foreigners to settle here were the Whitman family who moved here to establish their Mission in 1836.The Whitmans wanted to convert the local Indians to Christianity, but following an awful epidemic the Cayuse tribe attacked the mission and massacred most of the family because they believed the missionaries were poisoning them. The city was not officially established until 1862 when it became a common stopping point for travelers heading for the gold rush in Idaho. The town got their name from the Native American words meaning “place of many waters.”
Walla Walla has long been known as a fertile agricultural region producing many outstanding crops, including the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions. Though agriculture is a cornerstone of the society, the local wine business is why the city is most celebrated. There are over 100 wineries in the area which represent a wide range of varietals. Most of these wineries are small and family run, creating a relaxed evironment and a whole new wine tasting experience. Most tasting rooms are located in for main areas: downtown, and the east, west, ans south sides of town. Each area has its own distinct feel so the Walla Walla wine experience will never be boring. But there is still so much more to Walla Walla that doesn’t involve wine. Opportunities for family activities are abound; check out the pro-style BMX track, or the four golf courses, or the wildlife refuge. In wintertime, tourists and residents enjoy the nearby ski resort. The community is dedicated to the culture of art that has been created there. With many opportunities to see performing arts, or walk though a gallery, or even create your own art, Walla Walla is a fertile a ground for culture as it is for grapes.
Downtown Walla Walla is a vibrant reflection of past and present, new and old.