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Wheat becomes future of Colfax

Editor’s NOTE: This is the third in a six-part series on the history of Colfax leading up to a July 23-24 celebration.

COLFAX — Trains may have spurred growth in Whitman County and launched what today has become the city of Colfax.

But even in the 1880s, residents knew wheat was in their future.

The Palouse Gazette from October 1881 gave what local farmers and the media believed to be the history of wheat in the Americas.

“It is difficult in the present day to realize the fact that wheat was one time entirely unkown in America; and prior to the discovery of this country by Columbus there was no cereal in America approaching the wheat plant.

“It was not til 1530 that the wheat crop found its way into Mexico, an...


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