Palouse River
The Palouse River is a tributary of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, located in Washington and Idaho.
In 1803, the Lewis and Clark Expedition were the first Europeans to explore the area, naming it Drewyer's River after a member of their party.1 Since then the river has been referred to as Pavion River, Flag River, and Pavilion River.2 In 1841, the Wilkes Expedition called it Peluse River, an anglicization of Pelouse, the French word for a grassy expanse.3
  • 1. Edmond S. Meany, Origin of Washington Geographic Names (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1923), 206.
  • 2. Ibid.
  • 3. Ibid.
Mentions of this place in the documents
Places in this document

Columbia River

Snake River

The Colonial Despatches Team. Palouse River. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

Last modified: 2020-12-02 13:40:34 -0800 (Wed, 02 Dec 2020) (SVN revision: 5008)