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Historic Perspective

The community of Burbank is situated at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers in western Walla Walla County. It originally platted in 1910 by the Burbank Power and Water Company. The town site of Burbank is the oldest surviving community in the County on the Columbia River. The nature of the area was dramatically altered in 1953 with the construction of the McNary Dam, creating Lake Wallula. The construction of the dam either submerged or displaced the original communities of Wallula, New Wallula, Attalia, Two Rivers, and Villard, while only a small portion of the town site of Burbank was displaced.