Walla Walla County


Washington State Chinese Heritage: A Legacy of Places in Walla Walla.
Walla Walla Chinese Monument, Burner, and Grave Stones

Chinese Building. Walla Walla County.
Chinese Building was at the corner of S. 5th Avenue and W. Rose Street in the City of Walla Walla. A two story brick building, it contained seven stores including a grocery, department store, and art store. Apartments were on the second floor. It was built by the Pacific Enterprise Corporation, a Chinese-owned corporation, and became the center of Chinatown activity. It was purchased by a non-Chinese in 1947 and the occupants were forced to relocate. The building was destroyed in 1962. Reference: Chin and Chin 2013: 70; Walla Walla 2020.

Chinese Monument. Walla Walla County.
Chinese Monument is within the Mountain View Cemetery at 2120 S. 2nd Street, City of Walla Walla. A plaque at the monument states, “Dedicated to the Chinese citizens of Walla Walla who contributed to the founding and development of our community.” See Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla County. Reference: Chin 2012: “Research: Mountain View Cemetery—Walla Walla.”.

Chinese School. Walla Walla County.
Chinese School was located at S. 6th Avenue and W. Rose Street in the City of Walla Walla. In operation until 1922, it taught Chinese language, art and music. Reference: Walla Walla 2020.

Chinese Section, Mountain View Cemetery. Walla Walla County.
Mountain View Cemetery, Chinese Section is located at 2120 S. 2nd Avenue, City of Walla Walla. The section dates to the mid 1860s. See Mountain View Cemetery Funeral Burner, Walla Walla County. References: Chinn: “Research: Mountain View Cemetery—Walla Walla;” Walla Walla 2020.

Mountain View Cemetery Funeral Burner. Walla Walla County.
Mountain View Cemetery Funeral Burner is within Mountain View Cemetery at 2120 S. 2nd Street, City of Walla Walla. The brick structure is within the Chinese Section of Mountain View Cemetery. Ching Ming was conducted there. See Chinese Section, Mountain View Cemetery. Walla Walla County. Reference: “Death.”

Pacific Enterprise Building. Walla Walla County.
Pacific Enterprise Building is an alternate name for Chinese Building. See Chinese Building, Walla Walla County.

Walla Wall First Chinatown. Walla Walla County.
Walla Walla First Chinatown was located along E. Alder Street to S. 2nd Street and S. 3rd Street to E. Main Street. Chinese moved into the area in the 1860s, with Han Lee being the first in 1861. By 1884, it contained restaurants, a barber shop, mercantile stores, and living quarters. A fire in 1887 destroyed much of the area with the Chinese moving nearby and establishing a second Chinatown. See Walla Walla Second Chinatown, Walla Walla County. Reference: Chin 2012.

Walla Walla Second Chinatown. Walla Walla County.
Walla Walla Second Chinatown was around E. Main Street and E. Rose Street including S. 4th Avenue. It contained eleven Chinese-owned businesses in the early 1900s. See Walla Walla Third Chinatown, Walla Walla County. Reference: Chin 2012; Chin and Chin 2013: 40-41; Walla Walla 2020.

Walla Walla Third Chinatown. Walla Walla Count y.
Walla Walla Third Chinatown was an in-filling and expansion along E. Rose Street between S. 3rd Street and S. 6th Street. Nearby was the Chinese Building at W. Rose and S. 5th Street by 1890, Walla Walla Third Chinatown was considered the largest in eastern Washington. Attrition, out-migration and restrictive legislation resulted in only a few residents by the 1960s. See Chinese Building, Walla Walla County. Reference: Chin and Chin 2013: 69-71; Walla Wall 2020.

Walla Walla Chinese Gardens. Walla Walla County.
Walla Walla Chinese Gardens were in and around the City of Walla Walla, covering as much as 300 acres. By 1930, there were 12-15 individual vegetable gardens. The last one closed in 1950. Reference: Chin and Chin 2013: 70-74; Walla Walla 2020.

Whitman College Library. Walla Walla County.
Whitman College Library is at 345 Boyer Avenue in the City of Walla Walla. It contains the Chinese in Walla Walla Collection, 1886-1981. Therein are artifacts from Chinese Building as well as documents, photos, tape recordings, and interviews related to the Chinese in Walla Walla. Reference: “Chinese in Walla Walla Collection, 1886-1981.