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Located along Pataha Creek amid the rolling, fertile Palouse upland, Pomeroy is the only county seat in the country designated by an act of Congress. As the area was being settled in the 1880s, a bitter rivalry developed between Pomeroy and nearby Pataha City over the location of the county government. After lawsuits and an inadvertent omission from the Territorial Enabling Act failed to resolve the dispute, Congress passed its own act in 1884 that, among other stipulations, proclaimed Pomeroy the Garfield County seat.
The blocks lining Main Street form a historic district of brick structures erected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Two interesting buildings are the Revere Hotel at Main and 7th streets, which counts two presidents among its guests, and the Seeley Theater on 7th Street; phone (509) 843-1818 for theater information. The 1901 Garfield County Courthouse is unusual in that the statue of Justice atop its tower is not blindfolded—one of only 20 “unblind” justices in the country. The 1878 Pataha Flour Mill, 3 miles east on US 12 to 50 Hutchens Hill Rd., is now a restaurant and museum of intact milling machinery; phone (509) 843-3799.

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