Colter to be portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum


Mountain man John Colter will be portrayed in the first Living History performance of the season at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Colter, portrayed by Fort Walla Walla Museum's Communications Manager Paul Franzmann, was present when the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through what is now Walla Walla County. Colter was the only member of the expedition, other than Sgt. Floyd who died during the journey, who did not return with the company to St. Louis in 1806. Instead, he traveled in the company of a pair of trappers, Forest Hancock and Joseph Dickson, who were on their way to the headwaters of the Missouri River.

A campground in Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone, is named Colter Bay after him and is located on a wide area of the same Snake River.

In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place in the Museum's Grand Hall.

Fort Walla Walla Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily from April through October. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for students and seniors 62 and older and $7 for general admission. Membership begins at $25 and includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits. For more information, contact Fort Walla Walla Museum at (509) 525-7703, e-mail or go to


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