DescriptionSituated along Pine Creek at the northern edge of western Washington's Palouse region, Rosalia was settled in the early 1870s and named for the wife of its first postmaster. A 1915 concrete bridge at the southern edge of town marks the former route of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, now part of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
A 20-foot-tall, 3,000-pound vintage clock, relocated from Portland in 1962, stands on S. Whitman Avenue across the street from a visitor center operated by the Rosalia Chamber of Commerce. The visitor center is in a restored Texaco filling station dating from the 1920s.
On a hill in the southern part of town, Steptoe Battlefield State Park designates the clash between American soldiers and a band of Spokane, Palouse and Coeur d'Alene Indians on May 17, 1858. The park's monument commemorates the last major Indian victory over the U.S. Army; Native Americans refer to it as the Battle of Tohatonimme. Phone (509) 337-6457.
Things to SeeRosalia Battle-Days Museum