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Summer 1999

A Few Words about Walla Walla

Prospective students and parents often ask about our town and the Walla Walla Valley. With a little license and whimsy, President Cronin sometimes shares the following points with them.

  • Walla Walla has the same feel as the south of France - yellow and gold wheat fields, wine vineyards, mountains in the distance, great sun - "the van Gogh landscape country of the Pacific Northwest."

  • Only 20 minutes to great fly-fishing, biking, and hunting and an hour from fine skiing and snowboarding.

  • No rush hours; rarely even a rush minute. No parking meters. Liberated from the distractions and disadvantages of congested urban gridlock.

  • Home of the Walla Walla Symphony, a regional symphony that is the oldest continous symphony west of the Mississippi. Also home to 10 art galleries and the nationally acclaimed Walla Walla Foundry (known for outstanding bronze sculpture casting). One of the "top 100 small town arts communities" in America.

  • "Walla Walla" in the Cayuse language meant "water, water" or "place of many waters." Walla Walla is an oasis with multiple creeks, natural springs, and underground aquifers, yet gets only 17 inches of rain each year compared to the 45 to 48 inches of rain in Seattle and Portland.

  • Four distinctive seasons. Many historic buildings and homes, beautiful trees, and gorgeous views of the Blue Mountains.

  • Walla Walla is one of the great off-the-beaten-path communities. It combines a New England-style, highly rated, national liberal arts college with a sense of pastoral beauty and Midwestern friendliness, yet it is located in the middle of the great Pacific Northwest.

  • Produces splendid sweet onions, wheat, peas, asparagus, and wine. Home to 16 of the Northwest's most acclaimed winemakers including Leonetti Cellar, Woodward Canyon, Waterbrook, L'Ecole No 41, Walla Walla Vintners, and Canoe Ridge.

  • Walla Walla, "a town so nice they named it twice," has a main street we even call Main Street.