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New Girl in Town #2 – Learning on the Land

May 3, 2016

By Catie Joyce Bulay: My husband and I recently moved from Maine, a land of trees, snow, and rocky soil, to Walla Walla, with its wide open spaces, dry heat, and lushly growing farmlands. When I move to a new place, I love to learn all I can about a place when I move there,... Read more »

Things to do in Walla Walla with Kids

June 3, 2015

By Beth Swanson: Traveling to our Valley this summer?  Bring your family!  With sports, music, theatre, history, culture and education, Walla Walla provides plenty for families with kids of all ages.  As our community gears up for summer break our businesses, nonprofits, and facilities gear up for family fun!... Read more »

Walla Walla’s Livery Stables

December 18, 2012

By Susan Monahan: These days we take owning a car for granted and have trouble imagining how important a good livery stable was to a town up to the early 1900s. Livery stables were once essential to towns of just about any size, not just for residents but also for visitors. One could rent a... Read more »

A Keen Little Building and Its Neighbor

October 1, 2012

By Susan Monahan: A Keen Little Building and Its Neighbor A modest building can have as interesting a past as a grand one; that’s the conclusion I came to after researching the O. D. Keen Building at what is now #15 and #19 Spokane Street. It’s a perfectly balanced little building–the two entry doors slant... Read more »

The Home of the “Car Beautiful”

June 25, 2012

By Susan Monahan: It is not often that we get to see history being revealed day by day, but that’s just what’s happening at the corner of Spokane and Alder streets. The building that had been the location of Walla Walla Upholstery for many years is being stripped of its facade, and lets us glimpse... Read more »


On the Corner — the Legacy of 2nd and Main

April 5, 2012

By Susan Monahan: Sometimes changes to buildings result in the loss of distinctive features; sometimes the additions add interest and give the building character it lacked. I often ask friends to share their memories of Walla Walla buildings and sometimes ask for ideas of what building to write about. Diane suggested the one at the... Read more »