Kirkman House Museum, Walla Walla

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Kirkman House MuseumThe Kirkman House is an authentic example of the luxurious 1880s, a period of extensive growth for Walla Walla in downtown business buildings and in fine homes. The Kirkman house is one of the Northwest’s most outstanding Victorian structures. It was built by William Kirkman, who left Bolton, England in the middle of the 19th century and made money in cattle in the West. The family moved into the home in 1880, and it was home to three generations of Kirkmans before the family gave it to Whitman College in 1919.William and Isabella KirkmanWilliam Kirkman came to Boston from Lancashire County, England as a young man in the 1850s. His goal was to sell textiles, but he was lured to California by the Gold Rush. His quest for wealth via prospecting led him also to British Columbia, Australia and Idaho. He also invested in cattle in California and drove them to Boise and in 1866 he drove a pack train of miners' supplies from Walla Walla, Washington to Montana.William met Isabella Potts in San Francisco and they married in 1867. They moved to Idaho where William continued his interest in the cattle business. After a brief return to California, they moved to Walla Walla and made it their permanent home. William Kirkman formed a partnership in cattle with John Dooley, which was a successful one despite a heavy loss of livestock during the severe winter of 1881. William also became involved in wheat farming as well as cattle, and operated two farms.Although he had left his family back in England, William was a regular correspondent. He sent not only letters, but sometimes gold dust to his father and stepmother. In time he was able to convince two of his brothers, James and John, to immigrate to the United States. John Kirkman involved himself in William's businesses and became active in community affairs.
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  • I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Kirkman House Museum. The docent, Eric was very informative and had lots of stories to share. I highly recommend taking the tour.  more »
  • What a nice tour of historic home built in 1880 and role it played until its preservation in the 1980s and 1990s. Volunteer gave lengthy narrative of the family background, history & restoration detai...  more »
  • This hotel is huge !!! Very comfortable and pleasant people. Our room had an ironing board, iron, hair dryer, tv, refrigerator and phone. The room was on the 2nd floor and we found it to be very quiet...  more »
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  • Storical house it's been a little over 200 years so nice mansion 2 walkthrough and see the way they used to live

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