Big Trees and Parks
Walla Walla is famous for its tall, stately trees, a heritage from pioneer settlers who wanted a reminder of their eastern homes. A booklet, available at the chamber of commerce, describes some of the largest of these, including the 25 different individual trees among the biggest in Washington.
One of the trees, a 21-foot-in-circumference catalpa on the Whitman College campus, is the largest in America. The 47-acre Pioneer Park (Alder St. and Division St.) contains many more state-record trees. This well-kept city park was originally a cow pasture but now includes—in addition to marvelous forested areas—an aviary, rose garden, duck pond, swimming pool, gazebo, brass cannon, and picnic tables. The design for Pioneer Park came from John C. Olmstead, creator of New York’s Central Park.
Fort Walla Walla Park is home to more tall trees, along with the Fort Walla Walla Museum. Mountain View Cemetery (on S. 2nd Ave. near Abbott Rd.) dates back to 1853 and is considered one of the most attractive in the state.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition