The state's official state fruit is the apple, and Washington produces more apples than any other state in the country.
Walla Walla County, located in the southeastern part of the state of Washington, has a rich and diverse history. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla tribes. European-American settlement began in the early 19th century, when fur traders arrived in the area. The fur traders established a trading post near the present-day site of Walla Walla city.

In the mid-19th century, the area experienced rapid growth and development with the arrival of missionaries and pioneers. The establishment of the Whitman Mission, led by missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, in 1836, played a significant role in the settlement of the area. The mission provided a vital stop along the Oregon Trail and brought more settlers to Walla Walla County.

During the late 19th century, Walla Walla County experienced an economic boom with the discovery of gold in the nearby Blue Mountains and the establishment of large wheat farms. The agricultural industry thrived, leading to the growth of Walla Walla as a major transportation and trade center in the region. The county became known for its wheat production and gained the nickname "Breadbasket of the Pacific Northwest".

In the 20th century, Walla Walla County continued to thrive, with advancements in irrigation technology and the establishment of vineyards and wineries. The county gained prominence as a wine-producing region and is now known for its award-winning wines. Today, Walla Walla County is a vibrant community, blending its rich history with a thriving agricultural and wine culture, making it a popular destination for tourists and wine enthusiasts alike.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Walla Walla County, Washington.

  • 1805: The Lewis and Clark expedition passes through the area.
  • 1818: The first trading post is established by the North West Company.
  • 1849: Marcus and Narcissa Whitman establish a mission near present-day Walla Walla.
  • 1855: The Walla Walla Indian Council takes place, resulting in the Walla Walla Treaty.
  • 1862: Walla Walla County is officially established.
  • 1874: The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days is held for the first time.
  • 1906: The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is founded.
  • 1916: The Washington State Penitentiary is opened in Walla Walla.
  • 1941: Camp Walla Walla is established as an army training center during World War II.
  • 2001: The Walla Walla Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) is designated.