The famous fence of 1,000 iron wheels


The beauty of the byway


There are thousands of shades of green in these rolling hills


R.C. McCroskey House, a National Historic Site


Stop at the Texaco Station for visitor information


Spring BBQ & Hot Rod Gathering. A small, rural community with a lot going on!


The old stone houses were built from basalt


Dusty Country Store


Unpack your slippers in a hotel with a swimming pool down the hall for one leg of your journey, then find a lovely bed and breakfast for the next night’s stay. Hospitality is fluent on the Palouse Scenic Byway.


Your idea of play might include a putter, the lens of a camera or binoculars for birdwatching. You may prefer the spokes of a bicycle over the open road roar of a motorcycle. The beautiful green hills of the Palouse welcomes you all!  


You can find the World’s Best Burger, Lentil Chili, fine dining, a gastropub, or a quaint diner full of history and charm. You won’t go hungry on the Scenic Byway!

From a Hotrod Gathering in Palouse, to Battle Days in Rosalia, Farmer’s Festival in LaCrosse, community wide yard sales, and the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, there are events throughout the year to capture on camera and fondly remember for years!

There are so many hidden gems to see in this geologically rich area. Your route includes touches of history,  tales that have withstood time, and the absolute beauty and bounty of the Palouse!


Recreation abounds with activities like sightseeing, photography, hiking, biking, and fishing. Hundreds of miles of hills, rich farmlands, and rural communities, the rolling sculpted landscape changes with the seasons.


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A Plein Air Inspired Art Competition

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You are cordially invited to enter a new multi-media art competition and exhibition sponsored by The Colfax Arts Council. The event is based on a classic plein air painting competition but with a few fresh twists:
1. It is open to ALL MEDIA—i.e. painting, fabric art, sculpture, photography, etc.
2. Works must have an open air (plein air) perspective on a specific subject. However, artists may either complete their artworks in the traditional plein-air manner on site, or sketch or photograph their subject on site and complete the work elsewhere.
3. Subjects must be selected within a 40-mile radius of Colfax
All submissions will be part of a jury selection process for acceptance into the exhibition. The Colfax Arts Council will award a First Place award of $300, a Second Place award of $200, and a Third Place award of $100. During the exhibition, the public can vote for a People’s Choice Award, the winner will also receive $100.

For more information: Explore Colfax


Charge your electric car in Rosalia

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February 22, 2017 – it’s official!

Rosalia charging station_Feb 2017

Avista Partners with the Town of Rosalia for First Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Fast Charge Installation!

This site is a valuable location for the Spokane to Pullman corridor electrification. The EVSE will help Avista understand emerging EV charging needs and behaviors, and how future impacts may be best managed on Avista’s system.

For more information about the program: Avista

Rosalia charging station_Feb 2017a


Rosalia charging station_Feb 2017b




Check out the plans for Avista’s charging station in Rosalia! The design will match that used on the old Texaco Station that it sits in front of

A Free Little Library in Palouse

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The Palouse Library has installed a Free Little Library in Heritage Park.  The Free Little Library is part of seven that will be installed around the county, soon to be part of a world-wide free library organization and online mapping system.  The object of Free Little Libraries is take a book, leave a book.  They do not replace our brick and mortar libraries, but when we are not open, you can always get a free book.  The structure was designed two years ago by students at WSU, fabricated one year ago and installed today, Thursday, August 18, 2016.  Thank you Jeff Snook and Greg Pearce for putting the library in place.  A plaque will soon be in place acknowledging the designers and fabricators.

Palouse Branch Manager
Whitman County Library
120 E. Main St.
PO Box 168
Palouse, WA 99161

Little library Palouse