Palouse, Washington

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Palouse is a city in Whitman County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,011 at the 2000 census. Palouse is named for the region of farmland in which it is situated, and was incorporated in 1888.



Palouse days is held in September. The event list usually includes a Pancake Breakfast, the Palouse Days Parade, the annual Barley Cook-Off, Book Sale, Duck Race, Car Show, and Live Music.

Haunted Palouse is held the weekend before and the weekend of Halloween. Every Halloween the Palouse Museum and the old fire station have temporary hallways built in the open spaces and complete haunted houses built in the maze. The haunted houses are rearranged and have new features added every year. Some recent features include a forty's vintage pickup front end that lurches and honks, an elevator, and a paint spattered wall that "just doesn't seem right". The corn maze in the vacant lot on main street is no longer made, but has been replaced with the "Ride down shady lane". Shady Lane is a walking trail that runs along the river opposite main street. The street is usually filled with entertainers wearing everything from lavishly designed costumes to the Chainsaw Man who can be lurking around every corner with his trusty chainsaw in hand ready to strike his next unsuspecting victim.

Local Food

The Green Frog and the Palouse Tavern are the only restaurants in Palouse. The Green Frog is a modern local cafe that has an array of great lunch and dinner foods. It frequently features live music. The Palouse Tavern is a great place to have some beer or wine, eat a burger or pizza, or play pool.

Historical population

U.S. Census Bureau

  • 1890...1,119
  • 1900...929
  • 1910...1,549
  • 1920...1,179
  • 1930...1,151
  • 1940...1,028
  • 1950...1,036
  • 1960...926
  • 1970...948
  • 1980...1,005
  • 1990...915
  • 2000...1,011


Palouse is located at 46°54′36″N 117°04′31″W / 46.909996°N 117.075259°W / 46.909996; -117.075259 (46.909996, -117.075259).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,011 people, 432 households, and 288 families residing in the city. The population density was 944.8 people per square mile (364.8/km2). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 440.2/sq mi (170.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.94% White, 0.99% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.99% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.

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