Help preserve Walla Walla’s past


I applaud the Union-Bulletin and the Fort Walla Walla Museum for their plans to publish a sequel to the Walla Walla Valley Memories book done in 2006. Volume 1 had over 300 photos; I hope Volume 2 for the 1940s-1960s has twice that number. I am urging readers to scour their old albums and shoe box collections for pictorial gems to contribute to this new book collection. See the newspaper’s large ads for guidelines on this important project.

There is another pictorial history of Walla Walla County in progress since 2006 that does not duplicate these books. It is the Bygone Walla Walla Project, an independent, nonprofit effort to build a giant image collection of the county from the 1870s to the 1990s. It is found online at and is free for the viewing. It has no advertising, but does include vintage ads, photos, maps, memorabilia and ephemeral papers. The project now has over 750 entries (postings) that contain nearly 5,000 images.

It is added to almost every day, and is searchable by keywords in the post titles, plus an index with over 500 terms. It even includes a miniature rolling slideshow for fun.

Bygone Walla Walla: Vintage images of the city and county has inclusions from hundreds of sources — books, newspapers, documents, pamphlets, postcards and, of course, snapshots shared by over 200 individuals.

This is an invitation soliciting more contributions to keep it always interesting and growing. Credit will be given unless specifically unwanted. There is no limit or deadline on submission since there is no end in sight and no restrictions on project size. Email your digital images to me, or I can scan them for you, no charge.

Please have a look at the Bygone Walla Walla blog site today (simply Google these two words “bygone walla” to hit it immediately) — you may spend hours there and return daily to see what’s new, perhaps including the photos you submit.

Help preserve this area’s visual past.

Joe Drazan

Walla Walla


VinoTinto 1 year, 5 months ago

Joe, this is really fantastic! Thank you!


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