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Palouse Area

Scattered farmhouses surrounded by small fields of wheat, patches of scrub pine, and stretches of scabland bordered the highway in 1941. As the route leads southward the soil becomes perceptibly darker and the patches of lava rock appear with less frequency. Here the Palouse country begins.


1950 view of the Palouse region from atop Steptoe Butte.

Source: Washington State Archives

Ca. 1908 image of wheat harvesting, six miles southeast of Garfield.

Source: Washington State Historical Society

Ca. 1925 lantern slide of the Palouse wheat harvest, near Rosalia.

Photo by Asahel Curtis. Source: Conservation Department, Planning and Development Division, Lantern Slide Shows, 1908-1939, Washington State Archives