Waitsburg Washington is an old town - a very old town. Set among beautiful wheat, barley and pea-covered rolling hills Waitsburg was pioneered in the early 19th century. Lewis and Clark passed through this area in 1806 on the return from their historical expedition. Years later, along the banks of the Touchet River, the first grist mill was established to serve farmers in the area. The enterprising owner of that mill, Sylvester M. Wait, was honored as Waitsburg's namesake when the town was founded in 1865. Today, Waitsburg is a thriving small community located in Walla Walla County but there is something unique about Waitsburg that is still in effect from the earliest days of its settlement - Waitsburg still operates under the Territorial Charter from before the days of Washington statehood. Enjoy these photos from the days of our pioneers. To view larger images click on the picture to open the lightbox.