Settler E.B. Whitman to be portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum


WALLA WALLA - The Living History Performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road on 2 p.m. Sunday is a portrayal of E.B. Whitman, Walla Walla's first elected mayor. Whitman is portrayed by Dan Clark.

Walla Walla was a boom town in the 1860s, with plenty of adventure - vigilantes, street fights, midnight hangings - and the town was awash with millions of dollars worth of gold that was passing through from the Idaho gold fields.

After getting married and having two sons in Boston, Whitman traveled west in 1850 to seek his fortune in the California gold fields. His wife remained in Massachusetts to raise their children until he had chosen a permanent location for the family. After 12 years, the couple reunited in Walla Walla where they were active in civic affairs and women's suffrage.

A cousin to Marcus Whitman, who had earlier established a mission in Walla Walla, E.B. Whitman was elected Walla Walla's first mayor on April 1, 1862, after 422 ballots were cast. He began managing the city's affairs later that month, and through the 1860s also served as sheriff, justice of the peace, clerk of the school board, as well as other positions.

Admission is free to Museum members; $7 adults; $6 seniors 62 and older and students; $3 children 6-12 years; and free for children under 6. For more information, call 525-7703 or visit


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