A Concord Coach, shipped here in 1861 by way of Cape Horn, entices visitors into Walla Walla’s colorful frontier history as soon as they enter the museum. Passengers from outlaws to priests, soldiers to settlers probably rode the rugged coach, thankful when they finally arrived at this territorial town.
Throughout the museum, other early modes of transportation can be seen, most driven at one time or another through the towns and farms of the Walla Walla valley. These range from the elegant to the workaday and include a “Southern Special” buggy, a fancy doctor’s buggy, a sport buggy or convertible, and several sleighs.
Many styles of wagons are featured, including a heavy dray wagon, circa 1900, and a variety of buckboards. Finally, visitors will not want to miss the beauiful horse-drawn fire pumper purchased in 1904 by the Walla Walla fire department. It is displayed along with a hose cart and the brass poles and doors from the old fire station.
The museum’s collection of old-time vehicles includes not only a Concord coach but also buggies, sleighs, freight wagons, a covered wagon, a 1921 Dodge touring car, and a horse drawn fire pumper puchased in 1904 by the Walla Walla fire department.