Steptoe Butte

Steptoe Butte (HM2DWX)

Location: Colfax, WA 99111 Whitman County
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Country: United States of America
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N 47° 0.022', W 117° 21.231'

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The Evergreen State

This butte was first called Pyramid Peak. It was named "Steptoe" for a commander in the Indian wars at a battle in 1858 near the present town of Rosalia. In the 1880s James S. Davis built a resort and observatory on the Butte's top. A powerful telescope stood on the roof. He was called Cashup Davis as he bought only with cash. The town of Cashup was named for him. After Davis' death the hotel was lost by fire. In 1945 Virgil T. McCroskey donated the land to form Steptoe State Park. A road winds to the summit and a panoramic view of the Palouse Country.
Erected by the Washington State Highway Commission
Placed ByWashington State Highway Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 473098 N 5205265
Decimal Degrees47.00036667, -117.35385000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 0.022', W 117° 21.231'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 0' 1.32" N, 117° 21' 13.86" W
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Area Code(s)509
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-195, Colfax WA 99111, US
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