The City of Palouse is located in the Southeastern corner of Washington State, just two miles from the Idaho border. The Palouse Region extends from the beautiful, rolling wheat fields of the Washington Palouse to the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho .
One theory is that the name of the Palus tribe (spelled in early accounts variously as Palus, Palloatpallah, Pelusha, etc.) was converted by French-Canadian fur traders to the more familiar French word pelouse, meaning “land with short and thick grass” or “lawn.” Over time, the spelling changed to Palouse .
The hills were formed over tens of thousands of years from wind blown dust and silt, called “loess”, from dry regions to the south west. Seen from the summit of 3,612 foot high Steptoe Butte, they look like giant sand dunes because they were formed in much the same way.
” Kamiak Butte was named for a famous Yakima chieftan. It’s hard quartzite rock was once sand on the bottom of an ancient sea. Lifted by powerful forces, that ocean floor became this mountainous land. A few of the peaks – of which this may have been the hightest – rose far above the surrounding crests.
Pullman is noted as a vastly fertile agricultural area known for its many miles of rolling hills and the production of wheat and legumes. It is home to Washington State University, a public research land-grant university, and the international headquarters of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
Go Swimming in Palouse Falls If you ‘re visiting during the summer, bring your swimsuit! You can take a dip in the cool, refreshing water surrounding the waterfall . There’s also a picnic area located nearby as well, so you can munch on a delicious lunch after you work up an appetite swimming .
|Palouse Falls during high flow, viewed from the west side of the canyon|
|Location||Franklin / Whitman counties, Washington , United States|
|Coordinates||46°39′49″N 118°13′25″WCoordinates: 46°39′49″N 118°13′25″W|
|Elevation||725 feet (221 m)|