An illustrated history of Walla Walla County, state of Washington
The volume herewith presented speaks for itself, and extended preface is unnecessary. It is fitting, however, that special thanks be given here by the author of the historical portion of the work to those who have so kindly assisted, by information, suggestion, and encouragement, in its preparation.
Table of Contents
Discoveries on the North Pacific Coast 1
The Oregon Question 33
The Inception of American History in Washington 37
Missions of Walla Walla and Whitman Massacre 40
Attempts to Organize Walla Walla County 55
Indian Wats of the 'Fifties 58
Indian Wars of the 'Fifties - Continued 77
Definite Organization of Walla Walla and Political History, 1859-63 86
Political History of Walla Walla County, 1863-66 95
General and Plitical History of Walla Walla County, 1866-74 99
Annals of the Years, 1875-1881 110
Walla Walla County Elections, 1882-1900 115
The Land We Live In 120
A Journey Through Walla Walla County 133
The Industries of Walla Walla County 145
The Transportation Lines of Walla Walla County 165
Educational Institutions of Walla Walla County 174
Earlier History of Walla Walla County, 1862-83 187
Later History of City Government of Walla Walla, 1883-1900 194
The Churches of Walla Walla 198
Fraternal and Other Organizations of the City of Walla Walla 208
Journalism in Walla Walla County 227
The Bench and Bar of Walla Walla 233
Walla Walla in the Olden Times 241
Walla Walla City in 1901 252
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The opening of a new century is a fitting time to cast a backward glance in our local history, reconstruct to the eye of the present the interesting and heroic events of the past, and by comparison between past and present forecast something of the future.
Old Oregon Territory, of which this county and this state were once parts, with its isolation, its pathos, its hospitality, has passed away. It had a strange history. It was the ignis fatinis of successive generations of explorers, luring them on with that indescribable fascination which seems always to have drawn men to the ever-receding circle of the "Westmost West," and yet for years and years veiling itself in the mists of uncertainty and misapprehension.
We do not usually realize how soon after the time of Columbus there began to be attempts to reach the western ocean and to solve the mystery of the various passages, northwest, southwest, and west, which were supposed to lead through the Americas to Asia. The old navigators had little conception of the breadth of this continent. They thought it to be but a few leagues across, and took for granted that some of the many arms of the sea would lead them through to another ocean that would wash the Asiatic shores.