My name is Brenda Dahmen and I am the County Coordinator for the Whitman County WA USGenWeb Project site.
- About Whitman County, Washington
Comprising a total land mass of 2,151 square miles, Whitman County ranks 10th in size among Washington counties. The county is situated in southeast Washington along the Washington-Idaho border. On the Washington side, it is bordered to the north by Spokane County, to the west by Adams County (and a small part of Franklin County at its southwest corner), and to the south by the southeast counties of Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin.
Whitman County is situated in the heart of Palouse Country. Its topography is generally that of flat land and rolling hills (the Palouse Hills). The rich, dark, porous, moisture-retentive soil is composed of loess and volcanic ash overlaying basalt. Various forms of bunchgrass constitute the native vegetation, though most of the dryland has since been converted into a productive wheat farming region.
Elevations in the region range from 1,100 to 3,400 feet above sea level. At the higher elevations are Tekoa Mountain and a number of prominent rock formations such as Bald Butte, Steptoe Butte, and Kamiak Butte.
The Snake River is responsible for the county's winding southern border with Columbia, Asotin, and Garfield counties. Along this river-forged border lies the Snake River Canyon - a canyon that cuts a 2,000-foot deep swath through the Palouse Hills. The county's single largest body of water is Rock Lake, located in the northwest county. Among the county's major tributaries are the Palouse River, Rock Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Pleasant Valley Creek, and Union Flat Creek. There are also a host of lesser tributaries.
Some towns (1998): Albion, Almota, Colfax, Colton, Dusty, Elberton, Endicott, Ewartsville, Farmington, Garfield, Hay, Hooper, Johnson, LaCrosse, Lamont, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Pine City, Pullman, Rosalia, St. John, Steptoe, Tekoa, Thornton, Uniontown, Winona