William Tie is an assistant conductor working for Dorsey Baker's Walla Walla & Columbia River Railroad. Tie will be talking about his job working on the locomotives, how these narrow-gauge steam engines ran, and how they were configured — have you ever heard of a platform of dogs being used in place of a cow catcher? He will also give some history on the local railroad, how it was brilliantly financed by Dr. Baker, and what it took to bring the railroad to Walla Walla. He'll also describe how the track itself was constructed and explain exactly what "rawhide railroad" is referring to, clearing up some myths and legends that surround Dr. Baker's famous enterprise.
During their visit, guests can see one of the locomotives William Tie would have operated. The Blue Mountain is the last existing narrow-gauge engine from Dorsey Baker's Walla Walla & Columbia River Railroad. If weather permits, William Tie will show visitors the components of the train and describe the missing pieces that would have allowed the train to operate.
William Tie is portrayed by Gary Lentz.
A Living History performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum brings history to life with re-enactors portraying real people from the area's past. Performances take place at 2 pm on Sundays from April through October, and on Saturdays from June through August.