An easy and worthy detour from Highway 195 in southeastern Washington is the town of Rosalia. It’s the gateway to the Palouse Scenic Byway for starters and driving in from the southern highway exit takes you right under one of the iconic railroad bridges that Rosalia is known for. Built in 1915, these bridges are on the National Historic Register and are understandably popular with photographers.
Stay on the business loop into town for a short cruise or walk down Main street and look for Fast Freddy sitting in his 57 Ford Fairlane parked in front of a retired gas station that now serves as the current Mayor’s “hobby shop.” Freddy is a hit at Halloween!
Another historic gas station, still known to locals as the “Texaco Station,” was restored to its original glory and turned into the Rosalia Visitor Resource and Interpretive Center. Exhibits and interior amenities are getting an upgrade so the Center is closed for now, but if you are looking for a historical experience, you are in luck! City Hall hosts a museum on its second floor and the Steptoe Battlefield State Park is at the edge of town.
Where and When
Fast Freddy is parked at 704 S. Whitman and the “Texaco Station” is at 533 S. Whitman. You can drive or stroll through anytime. City Hall Museum is at 110 W. 5th street and is open from 9 – 3, M-F.