Mullan Road to be subject of conference


WALLA WALLA - A historic road in Walla Walla's past will be the focus of a weekend conference.

The Mullan Road Conference will be held Friday through Sunday at various locations in Walla Walla.

The event is being organized by the Mullan Road project staff at Eastern Washington University and the Walla Walla Mullan Road Sesquicentennial Committee.

The conference will honor the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Mullan Road in 1862. The road ran from old Fort Walla Walla on the Columbia River at Wallula and ended at Fort Benton on the Missouri River in Montana.

Constructed by Lt. John Mullan and a crew of 100 civilians and 100 soldiers, it was the first engineered highway in the Northwest.

Events will include a reception Friday evening at Fort Walla Walla Museum and historical presentations Saturday morning and afternoon followed by dinner and a keynote speaker on Saturday evening, all at the Veterans Administration Medical Center Theater.

The registration deadline for the Saturday dinner is Tuesday and Thursday for the Saturday lunch.

A tour of the Mullan Road from Walla Walla north toward the Snake River will be conducted Sunday morning followed by a dedication ceremony for a new Mullan Road historical site in Walla Walla at 1 p.m. at 13th Avenue and Abadie Street.

The Saturday events are open to the public for a fee of $5. Information is available at 499-0595 or at 522-0399.

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