The Palouse Scenic Byway was initiated in the Spring of 2001 as an effort to bring the communities of Whitman County together to work toward a common tourism goal. The committee is comprised of individuals from the communities along the byway, city and chamber of commerce representatives and Whitman County Parks and Recreation. The group has worked diligently over the last several years to gain designation, develop projects and secure funding for projects to help improve the quality of the scenic byway.
The Palouse Scenic Byway earned it's designation as a Washington State Scenic Byway in April of 2003. The committee's next goal is to gain a National designation when the opportunity becomes available. The byway committee has completed a corridor management plan, a marketing plan and applied for their first federal byway grant in 2004. The committee continues to meet regularly to work on projects and work toward increased tourism and economic development along the byway.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Palouse Scenic Byway, please call 509-334-3565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palouse Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan
Byway Grant Information
The 2005 grants have been announced and The Palouse Scenic Byway was awarded a FHWA National Scenic Byways grant for $112,096. The Palouse Scenic Byway also applied for a 2006 grant for approximately $41,000 to produce a 24"x24" full color intrepretive panel with a byway map, nearby points of interest, and community information for each of the byway communities. If funding is received, the panels will be placed at visitor centers, public restrooms or public areas within each community.
New Roads Added to Byway!
Good news for the Byway. On Wednesday, March 16, 2005, the Washington State Transportation Commission officially added to The Palouse Scenic Byway old SR 195 through Rosalia, Scott Road and Scharpenberg Road into Lacrosse, and Hume Road which runs along the eastern side of Steptoe Butte. Congratulations!