Vacations To Go


Spokane to Joseph, Oregon


Day 1 Friday May 25th  
6:00 p.m. Depart: Spokane  
    (In Kennewick go straight ahead on Hwy 397. Go right on Ainsworth. Cross the bridge and turn right on Columbia Dr. Turn left on Washington. Turn right on Kennewick Ave.)  
8:30 p.m. Arrive: Kennewick 143



Day 1 Saturday May 26th  
10:00 a.m. Do: Roxy Theater Antiques and Gifts (10-5:30)
101 W Kennewick Av
    Heidi's Mercantile (11-4)
116 W Kennewick
    A Little of This and That
217 W Kennewick
    Bergan's Timeless Treasures (10-6)
317 W Kennewick
    (Go back to Washington and turn right. Turn left on 10th.)  
  See: Your old house  
    (Continue on 10th. Turn left on Chemical Dr. Recross the bridge. Turn right on Ainsworth. Go left on Hwy 397. Turn right on A St. Turn right on Hwy 12. Turn right on the old Hwy 12. Turn right on Sweagle. Turn left on Whitman Mission Rd.)  
50 min See: Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Visitor Center (9-4)
    (Go back on Whitman Mission Rd. Turn right on Sweagle. Take another right on Old Hwy 12. Go left on Spalding. Turn right on Hwy 12. Turn right on Hwy 125/13th. Go left on Pine St. Turn right on 9th. Just past the river.)  
13 min Arrive: Walla Walla 8
    Shady Lawn Antiques
712 N Rose St
    (Continue on 9th. Go 2 more blocks.)  
    Popular Donuts (4am-6pm)
706 W Alder (Just past Main St)
    Antique Mall of Walla Walla
315 S 9th
    (Go back to Rose and turn right. Turn right on 6th. Go left on Main St.)  
    St Vincent de Paul (9-5)
308 W Main
    (Continue on Main St. Turn right on Spokane St. On the right side.)  
    Walla Walla Goodwill (9-8)
217 E Alder
6:00 p.m. Depart: Walla Walla  
    (Go back to 9th/Hwy 125 and turn left. It will go left and become Hwy 11.)  
6:15 p.m. Arrive: Milton-Freewater 10
    (Continue south on Hwy 11. Turn left on Hwy 204/Winn Rd. At Elgin turn left on 8th and right on Albany St/Hwy 82.)  
8:15 p.m. Arrive: Enterprise 92
    (Turn right on 1st and left on Greenwood St. Go right on Hwy 82.)  
8:30 p.m. Arrive: Joseph 6


Day 2 Sunday May 27th  
    Shops- Art Galleries  
    Valley Bronze Gallery (10-5:30)  
    Lamb Trading Co
203 N Main
    The Sheep Shed (12-5)
3 South Main
    Phinney Gallery (11-3)
17 S Main
  Depart: Joseph  
    Brookie Letterbox-Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site
Set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Wallowa Mountains, the entire area is part of the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe, and is a sacred place to the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. "Iwetemlaykin" is the Nez Perce name for this area of the Wallowa Lake basin. Pronounced ee-weh-TEMM-lye-kinn, the name translates to "at the edge of the lake." The property is adjacent to a Nez Perce National Historical Park, site of Old Chief Joseph Gravesite and Cemetery.

Short trails with spectacular views of the Wallowa Mountains pass Knight's Pond, a cool summer oasis and a peaceful respite for hikers. Look for spring and summer wildflowers during your walk. You also may catch glimpses of deer, fox, bear and raptors.
    Chief Joseph Letterbox-Nez Pearce National Historic Park
This sacred site is dedicated to tıwi·teqıs, also known as Old Chief Joseph. Old Chief Joseph was a Nez Perce leader who refused to sell his Wallowa homeland and sign the 1863 Treaty. Before he died in 1871, he told his son to defend his homeland and people by saying, "My son, never forget my dying words, this country holds your father's body. Never sell the bones of your father and mother." Old Chief Joseph was originally buried between the forks of the Wallowa and Lostine rivers. His remains were reburied here in 1926.
  Arrive: Wallowa Lake State Park 4
    Heidi's Gift Shoppe  
    Wallowa Lake Resort Gift Shop
84681 Ponderosa Lane 
    Kokanee Letterbox  
    Visit from Forest Grove #1 Letterbox  
  Arrive: Joseph 4
    (From town turn left on Wallowa Ave. It becomes Airport Ln. Just past the airport on the right.)  

Joseph Cemetery:

Harry Raymond Cemetery

Born: Sept. 13, 1893, Elgin, Oregon
Died: May 15, 1975, Wallowa, Oregon

Lola Jeane Gould Gibson
Born: Feb. 28, 1916, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Died: Oct. 30, 2004, Salem, Oregon

Francis Jay Gould (Section L, Lot 004, 11B)
Born: May 13, 1918 in Colorado
Died: July 25, 2006 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Laura Bernice "Bunny" Bolser Gould (Section L, Lot 004, 11A)
Born: Oct. 17, 1927 in Montana
Died: Oct. 28, 1998

Randy Gibson
(Section B, Lot 10)
Born: Dec. 21, 1965
Died: Oct. 5, 1990

Cynthia Darlene "Cindy" Casady Gibson (Section B, Lot 10)
Born: Aug. 9, 1967 in Enterprise
Died: Nov. 30, 1992 in Joseph

Carolyn M Gibston Daggett
Born: March 9, 1940 in Joseph
Died: April 19, 2000 in Klamath Falls

    (Continue on Airport Ln. It will become Hurricane Creek Rd. After the curve turn right on Russell Ln. Turn right on Tower Rd and right again. At the end.)  

David and Sharon Gibson (78)
63870 Towers Rd

  Lodge: Indian Lodge $128.47
201 S Main
Office: 9 A.M to 10 P.M.


Day 3 Monday May 28th  
8:00 a.m. Depart: Joseph  
    (Head north on Hwy 82. Go left on North St one block and right on 1st/Hwy 3.)  
  Do: Joseph Canyon Viewpoint  
    (Continue on Hwy 3. At the border it become Hwy 129. Go right on Hwy 12. After crossing the river go left on Hwy 95. At the top go left on Hwy 195. Just past Wall St on the right.)  
10:30 a.m. Arrive: Lewiston 94
11:30 a.m. Arrive: Colfax 46
  Do: Top Notch Cafe (6am-2pm)  
    (Continue on Hwy 195. Turn left on Last St. Go right on Perkins.)  
  See: Perkins House (10-2)
623 N Perkins

 James Allen Perkins came to the area in 1870, when he was 29 years old. He and Thomas Smith traveled from Waitsburg to set up a sawmill at the suggestion of Anderson Cox, who speculated that the valley along the South Fork of the Palouse might make a fine location for a new settlement. They proceeded to build a log cabin with timber hauled from Walla Walla. Both Smith and Perkins staked out property. The two men split the valley, Perkins taking the northern part. He purchased a pre-emption on 160 acres at $2.50/acre. The line separating the two parcels ran east to west and later became Last Street. Smith grew discouraged and moved to Union Flat, but Perkins remained and took on a new partner, Hezekiah Hollingsworth. 

     In the spring of 1871 Hollingsworth and Perkins hired a surveyor to plat a townsite. Perkins decided to call the new town Belleville. The men hired workers to build the sawmill which opened for business in September 1971 but they soon turned the sawmill into the hands of John Davenport, who also built a flour mill. Gradually businesses and the young settlement grew. 

     James met Sarah Jane (Jennie) Ewert in 1871. She was the daughter of Captain James Ewart who founded nearby Ewartsville. They were married in 1873 at the first schoolhouse at the corner of Third and Mill Streets. The growing community was first called Belleville, possibly after Perkins' hometown of Belleville, Illinois, but a story exists that Jennie thought he named it after his former girl friend, Belle. To dispel any hard feeling, a decision was made to call the town Colfax in honor of President Grant's first VP Schuyler Colfax.

     After the wedding the new couple moved into the tiny log cabin where their four children were born. Perkins tried various business and political interests, including the purchase of the Bank of Colfax in 1881. As his finances grew, so did his family and he decided to build a larger home adjacent to the cabin in 1886. This two-story Victorian home, completed in 1887, was the center of Colfax society until 1920, when James died. Their son Sumner and family moved into the house and helped their mother, bringing life and laughter back. Jennie passed away in 1935. Although Sumner died in 1959, his wife maintained the large home until the late 1960s. 

     The aging house was purchased by the newly formed Whitman County Historical Society in 1973 for $13,900 - a sum financed through donations and loans. A series of grants and much volunteer help allowed restoration to begin. Work has been done inside to restore it to an appropriate Victorian decor, update the electrical system, remove/rebuild the porch and chimneys, repaint the exterior and many other tasks. The roof, which was also in very bad condition, was completely replaced with cedar shakes like the original. With the new paint, various architectural features stand out, in particular the quoins on the corners of the house.

1:30 p.m. Depart: Colfax  
    (Go back right on Perkins. Turn left on Last St. Go left on Main St. and right on Hwy 195.)  
2:45 p.m. Arrive: Spokane 62