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Whether you’re an art enthusiast, wine connoisseur, birder or just looking for a weekend getaway, Walla Walla has something for you.

Walla Walla was officially incorporated on January 11, 1862. As a result of a gold rush, during this decade the city became the largest community in the territory of Washington. Following this period, agriculture became the city's primary industry.

Though wheat is still a big crop, vineyards and wineries have become economically important. Leonetti Cellars was one of the first wineries in Walla Walla and produces sought after Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In summer 2005, there were 64 wineries in the greater Walla Walla area.

The world-famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion is another crop with a rich tradition. Over a century ago on the Island of Corsica, off the west coast of Italy, a French soldier named Peter Pieri found an Italian sweet onion seed and brought it to the Walla Walla Valley.

Impressed by the new onion's winter hardiness, Pieri, and the Italian immigrant farmers who comprised much of Walla Walla's gardening industry, harvested the seed. The sweet onion developed over several generations through the process of carefully hand selecting onions from each year's crop, ensuring exceptional sweetness, jumbo size and round shape.

Walla Walla Washington Information: Official City Web Page | Chamber of Commerce

[Some material adapted from Wikipedia. Photo from City of Walla Walla website.]