A fire has destroyed a mill that gave the city of Waitsburg its name.

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WAITSBURG, Walla Walla County — A fire has destroyed a mill that gave the city of Waitsburg its name.

The fire early Sunday burned the Preston-Shaffer Mill, also known as Wait’s Mill. The five-story building dates from 1865 when it was built by Sylvester Wait.

It operated until 1957. In 2005 it was placed on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of “most endangered historic properties.”

Waitsburg Mayor Markeeta Little Wolf told The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin there were a lot of people in tears watching the fire.