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Pomeroy, Washington

Rediscover a bye gone era in a small, rural community where that old "HOME TOWN" feeling still exists in the hearts of its citizens.   Experience the forgotten era where there are no stoplights, folks still take walks at night, and children ride bikes in the streets.  While you visit Main Street with its original turn-of-the-century buildings, let the kids play on the rolling lawns of the ninety-eight year old courthouse.

Web site: www.pomeroy-wa.com

Major Events and Festivals

April

Spring Farming Days

Held the first weekend of April. Draft horse team and antique tractor plowing and planting bee with concessions, quilt show and wagon rides. Contact the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum for more information: Jay Franks at 509.843.1149 or Gary Cole at 509.843.3748.

June

Pioneer Day/Tumbleweed Festival

Held the third weekend of June.  Parade, street fair, golf tournament, fun run, food fair, live music.

September

Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

Held in mid-September.  Old fashioned county fair complete with animals, petting zoo, carnival, best pie contest, live music, and a family Rodeo Sunday.

November

Christmas Lighted Parade & Santa Comes to Town

Held in late November on Main Street. 509.843.5110.

December

Old Fashioned Christmas

Throughout December in downtown Pomeroy. A  Downtown open house, Chocolate Extravaganza, Craft Bazaar and more.

Attractions

Garfield County Museum

Articles in the Museum are donated by people of Garfield County, and exhibits are changed regularly. One of  the most popular displays is a license plate collection, provided by Tyler Watson.  This collection is only missing one plate, a ceramic plate produced in 1920.  Also very popular, the Museum's quilt collection which is changed periodically. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 1 - 5 p.m. (Summer Months) and Friday afternoons (Fall/Winter/

Spring), or by appointment.  7th & Columbia, 509.843.3814, 509.843.1598 or 509.843.1926.   

Pataha Flour Mill

The mill, which has been known most of its existence as the Houser Mill, produced flour that was in demand locally and in distant markets such as San Francisco, where it was used in the manufacture of macaroni, "the large percentage of gluten in the wheat of this region fitting it especially for that purpose," according to E.V. Kuykendall's book "The History of Garfield County." The Houser Mill was closed in 1941 because of difficulty in meeting increasing government regulation of the business. Jon VanVogt, a native of Pomeroy and a true Renaissance man, began thinking about the Pataha Flour Mill in the mid-1990's.  Jon has since then turned a heartfelt desire to show the mill to the world into a reality. In May 1998, circumstances came together and Mike and the rest of the Donley Hereford Ranch family agreed to sell the mill to Jon. In August 1998, Jon opened the building for the first time to the public, hosting a "Hometown Revival" that brought community members together for an afternoon of singing "old Gospel music."  The event was recorded for audio and on video tape.  Proceeds from the resulting compact disc and video would go toward the continuing restoration of the mill. In addition to tours the mill has extra features including:  The Sonflour Gift Shop, featuring T-shirts that are replicas of the famous XXX flour sacks and displays from local retailers and craftspeople; and Neil Keatts' Camera collection, showcasing 400 cameras from as early as the turn-of-the-century.

50 Hutchins Hill Rd. For more information, e-mail Jon VanVogt at PatahaFlourMills@Pastors.com or call 509.843.3799.

Recreation

Blue Mountains

Experience the rare luxury of year-around recreation in the Blues, a short distance to the south of Pomeroy.  The mountains offer fun for every mountain enthusiast, whether it is camping, hunting, fishing or just sightseeing.  For those with patience, search for those hiding mushrooms in the Spring, and for those wintertime fans, tour the dazzling snow-wrapped mountains by snowmobile on groomed trails, maintained by the U. S. Forest Service.  Hunters revel in elk, deer, cougar, bear, and wild turkey seasons. If you search for solitude, explore the grandeur and serenity of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness on horseback or hiking.  No motorized vehicles are permitted in the wilderness.

Snake River

To the north of Pomeroy, is the meandering 1,000 mile Snake River.  Feel the rush if its wild waters with water-skiing and tubing, or enjoy the quiet with sailing on the glassy backwaters.  Just relax and dangle the line from your boat or shoreline, dreaming of that illusive rare sturgeon.  Hunters, don't forget all the wild duck and geese!