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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

Whitman County Historical Society News!


    On the trip you will see both evidence of ice age floods and the Bonneville flood. Wildflowers should be glorious on our travel route. Once in Joseph we will tour the Valley Bronze foundry, have a group dinner at Vali’s Alpine restaurant, the number one place to dine for 36 years. After dinner a nationally recognized expert will provide a background presentation on the Nez Perce and the 1877 war. Thursday morning we will return to Joseph for breakfast on your own, window shopping followed by presentations about the area from the Wallowa Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy. Lunch will be on your own followed by a short ride to the Sunrise Iron collection of antique farm equipment, then back in Joseph our final presentation will be on the former logging community of Maxville. AFTER DINNER ON YOUR OWN IN JOSEPH, the evening is reserved for relaxation and rest back at your vacation rental. Friday morning on our way we will stop in Joseph again for breakfast on your own and depart in time to reach our vehicles by noon.

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About USGenWeb Project
  • In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database.  The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored.  In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
  • At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. The Washington GenWeb project is an extension of the KYGenWeb Project.
  • For information on how you can be a part of the WAGenWeb Project, contact Mike Sweeney.  For information on how you can be a part of the Whitman County GenWeb Project, contact the Coordinator, Brenda Dahmen