As the small Eastern Washington town of Malden builds back from a devastating 2020 wildfire, Washington State University landscape architecture students visited and helped with re-envisioning the town and its public spaces.
After talking with residents, the students looked to the future of the town while honoring its past. Their ideas, which you can see below, include a conceptual design for a new town square, a fire monument, updates to Malden’s park, and more.
Malden was once one of the largest and fastest growing communities in the Palouse region. It was the headquarters for the Columbia Division of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway. Malden was relatively unsettled before 1909. That was the year the railroad build a depot and roundhouse. The town continued to grow until the 1920s* when the railroad moved its operations out of Malden.
*In 1928, the population of Malden was 2,500 residents.
Click on the image below to view a few historical photographs of this storied Whitman County town.
The Washington Secretary of State’s office and the Washington State Heritage Center presented an exhibit on Washington state’s first women in state government. Here are the posters from that “Moving Forward, Looking Back” exhibit in the state capitol building during Fall 2010.