Walla Walla


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

Walla Walla

(wŏl`ə wŏl`ə), city (2006 est. pop. 30,945), seat of Walla Walla co., SE Wash., at the junction of the Walla Walla River and Mill Creek, near the Oreg. line; inc. 1862. It is a trade, processing, and distribution center for a fertile farm and lumber area. Fruits and vegetables (especially green peas and sweet onions) are canned and frozen in plants there; grain is processed for animal feeds. Walla Walla is also a center of the state's flourishing wine industry, with more than 100 vineyards in and around the city. Manufactures include cans, pesticides, packaging machinery, archery supplies, irrigation equipment, and plumbing fixtures. There is logging and the production of pulp, paper, and wood products. The development of the wine industry in the 21st cent. and a revitalized downtown area also has made Walla Walla a tourist hub.

The old fur-trading Fort Walla Walla (Fort Nez Perce) was established downstream on the Columbia River at the site of modern-day Wallula in 1818; the mission of Marcus WhitmanWhitman, Marcus,
1802–47, American pioneer and missionary in the Oregon country, b. Federal Hollow (later Rushville), N.Y. In 1836 he left a country medical practice to go West as a missionary for the joint Presbyterian-Congregationalist board.
..... Click the link for more information.
 was built (1836) nearby modern Walla Walla. Wagon trains began bringing settlers in the 1840s, and Steptoeville (later Walla Walla) grew around the U.S. military Fort Walla Walla (est. 1856). The name was changed when the settlement became county seat in 1859. Walla Walla is a district headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is also the seat of Whitman College, Walla Walla Univ., and the state penitentiary. The Whitman mission nearby has been restored as a national historic site.

References in periodicals archive ?
The Walla Walla school district considers the groundbreaking program "a successful partnership," says Dr.
Walla Walla visitors can also now visit dozens of winemakers who have opened small and accessible tasting rooms near the town's airport.
One-way tickets are available between Seattle and Walla Walla from USD50 with a seven-day purchase, when brought by 5 December 2011 and are valid for travel between 8 December 2011 and 7 March 2012.
By bringing the tool to the Walla Walla Valley, WWGH is offering members of the community immediate access to details about the hospital and clinic, contact information, hours of operation, facility capabilities and more.
Walla Walla Foundry created rubber molds for casting the various pieces of Pinocchio out of the wax patterns, which were sectioned into pieces that would fit into the facility's slurry tank.
Those receiving a donation were: the Blue Mountain Action Council, Blue Mountain Chapter of the Red Cross, Children's Home Society of Walla Walla, Christian Aid Center, Helpline, The Cardinal's Nest of Waitsburg, Walla Walla Council of Campfire USA, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Center at the Park and YWCA.
This move recognizes the Blethen family's long-term commitment to Walla Walla and to the future of our newspapers in Washington state," Frank Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times and chair of the Union-Bulletin's board, said in a statement.
But while Walla Walla might be gentrified, it holds onto its rural soul.
That project, which started last summer, widened Walla Walla Street and upgraded utilities to be prepared for new construction along the riverfront.
The creation of a winery in Walla Walla began with Huntley's belief that the area, designated as an American Viticultural Area with-in the Columbia Valley, was "capable of producing some of the best wines in the world.
Karson (Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, Oregon) presents a collection of nine essays about the history, culture, way of life, and future of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribal people and their government--the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).
A longtime Adventist administrator, Dean's last job was as chief executive at the 72-bed Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash.