The first settlers came to this area in the early 1870's. By 1890, Latah was a thriving community of over 400 residents with four general stores, two blacksmith shops, three grain warehouses, two hotels and at least 20 other businesses including everything from photography shops to prune dryers. Three trains passed through daily. In 1880 the bones of a prehistoric Columbian mammoth were unearthed just west of the town, producing one of the most complete skeletons of a mammoth ever found in North America. This skeleton is now on exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum. For more information, click Latah Mammoth.
The area around Latah is beautiful and is popular with photographers and history buffs, offering historic buildings and cemeteries as well as incredible scenes of the lush Palouse itself. Here is a sampling: