Rosalia Railroad History Presentation and History Hike – October 6

Railroad History Presentation

Join us for a railroad history presentation by Bruce Butler at the Rosalia Community Center (located at 106 W. 7th Street, just off Whitman next to the grocery) on Saturday, October 6 at 1 p.m.  Mr. Butler grew up in Pullman and has witnessed and photographed trains in Eastern Washington. His photographic presentation will feature the Northern Pacific Railway’s route through the Palouse area, the P&L line through Rosalia to Pullman and Lewiston, Idaho.

There will also be a short presentation of “before & after” photos featuring the former Milwaukee Road and current Palouse to Cascades Trail in Whitman County, including Tekoa, Rosalia and Malden.

History Hike on Rosalia Bridges

After the presentation, we will be taking a history hike on the Palouse to Cascades Trail out to the historic and iconic Rosalia Concrete Arch Bridges and to the site of a former railroad tunnel. The hike will include a guided tour of the route, accompanied by historic photographs of the railroad over the years.

The hike will start at the crossing of Pine City-Malden Road and the Palouse to Cascades Trail and will be about a one mile round trip on a gravel trail. Sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. Parking off the road is available on the driveway just west of the trail.  

This event is presented in cooperation with:

  • Whitman County Library System (Rosalia Branch)
  • Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Cascade Rail Foundation

For more information, contact Mark Borleske.

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