Pick up a brochure from the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce (29 E. Sumach, 509/525-0850 or 877/998-4748, www.wwvchamber.com) for a walking tour of the historic downtown area. Some of the sights you’ll pass are the 1917 Liberty Theatre, built on the site of the original Army fort at W. Main and Colville, and the Dacres Hotel, built in 1899 at W. Main and 4th.
The Reynolds-Day Building, on Main between 1st and 2nd, was constructed in 1874. Washington’s first State Constitutional Convention was held here in 1878. It’s hard to miss the 10-story Marcus Whitman Hotel, built in 1928 at 2nd and W. Rose, the brick centerpiece of downtown.
The Baker Boyer Bank is the oldest bank in Washington and one of the few independent banks left in the state. Its seven-story home office at the corner of Main and 2nd Streets was built in 1910 and was the town’s first “skyscraper.”
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition