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Rosalia, Washington

Rosalia was started in 1872 and the establishment of the first post office in 1875 about two miles north of the Rosalia Original section of the current Town.  The beginning of the twentieth century brick buildings began to emerge in the business district of Rosalia.  These included The Turnley Building, Rosalia Hotel, Anderson Hardware Co, Fraternal Hall, the Bank of Rosalia, the Wilmer and Dwyer building, and the home of the Whitman County National Bank. Rosalia's population increased with the coming of the railroad.  Over the years Rosalia has seen increases and decreases in population, but has remained around 650 the last twenty years.

Web site: www.TownOfRosalia.org

Major Events and Festivals


Battle Days Celebration

Held in early June. A parade, street dance and a rodeo kick out of the chutes.


Motorcycle Rally in Rosalia

Held in mid-August. More than 20 world famous bike builders attend. A two-and-a-half-day event with builder and dealer displays, live concerts in the park, scenic byway bike tours and vendors of all kinds.


Christmas Extravaganza & Craft Fair

Held in early December. Just in time for holiday gift giving.


Steptoe Battlefield

Four-acre, day-use park. This is the site on May 17, 1858, where Lt. Col. E.J. Steptoe led 159 American soldiers in a running fight with a large band of Spokane, Palouse and Coeur D'Alene Native Americans. The American soldiers beat off a series of attacks until night halted the battle.

George Wright Camp and Treaty Site

This is the site on Latah Creek where U.S. Army Col. George Wright presented a peace treaty to the Spokane tribe that they were required to sign. To make the point, when Yakama warrior Qualchan showed up as requested, Wright ordered his immediate execution by hanging.


Palouse Scenic Byway

The Palouse Scenic Byway, located in the heart of the Palouse region in southeastern Washington, combines 208 miles of rolling hills and farmland with rich history, small town charm, spectacular scenic vistas and outstanding recreational opportunities.  The region also enjoys four distinct seasons, a mild climate, a variety of eating and shopping establishments and the amenities of a major university. While visiting the Palouse Scenic Byway, take a leisurely drive along the gentle curving highways of our expansive farmlands or stop at any number of recreational sites for hiking, biking, fishing, or camping.  Explore one of the eleven communities along the byway – each has its own distinct history and charm and is well worth a visit.  Spend some time on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman.  The campus boasts many museums, interesting architecture, a bear facility, the award winning WSU Creamery, and exciting PAC 10 athletics.  Enjoy a meal at one of our many unique restaurants and cafes and browse for a one of a kind keepsake at a small town shop or antique store.  Explore, relax or have an adventure – whatever you want to do. The Palouse Scenic Byway is filled with friendly people, miles of open road, unlimited activities and unsurpassed beauty. www.PalouseScenicByway.com.