Welcome to Colfax! Grounded in our hometown values and agrarian roots, we are the county seat of Whitman County. We work to ensure a high quality of life for our 2,846 residents. With a healthy patchwork of history, business opportunities, neighborhoods, education, recreation, and culture, great things are growing here. People come from all around to photograph the Palouse Country. Come to the Perkins House to pick up a map of "Photography Hot Spots on the Palouse" and "Washington State Scenic Byways Road Map".
Places to Stay
Things to See
Historic Downtown Colfax - Come and shop at unique shops downtown. See our historic buildings that have been here since the late 1800's. Pick up a Historical Walking tour map at the libray.
Also check out the site to see historical photos of downtown.
623 N Perkins Ave
Built by founder James A Perkins in 1886, this home is a grand reminder of the Victorian age. This nationally registered site is also the home of the office for the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Association, Arts Council and Preservation Commission for Colfax. Tours are available Monday thru Friday from 11am to 3pm. Donations are greatly appreciated and go to support the Whitman County Historical Society.
324 S Main
Called the "Most unusual attraction in Colfax" in Off the Beaten Path, a guide to unique places, by Myrna Oakley, this 65 foot chainsaw sculpture commemorates a grudge match played in 1988. The sculpture carved from five red cedar logs captures the spirit of a football game replayed fifty years later on the same filed, with the same players. Neighbor and football rival, St. John, won the 1938 game and Colfax reclaimed the victory in 1988. The sculpture was carved by artist Jonathan LaBenne of Idyllwild, California.
2708 Cedar Street
This fabulous facility was completed in 2001, offers five ball fields, including soccer, baseball and softball complexes. There are nicely paved walking paths around the facility and right next to the Colfax Golf Course.
Area towns are on the Palouse Scenic Byways maps for the State .
2402 Cedar Street. A wonderful 9 hole public course on the Palouse River.
Colfax has 11 within the City limits that you can visit.
Life in Colfax
Education - Colfax has a wonderful school system. Colfax School District offers K-12 within two school buildings.
Whitman County Library District
The Whitman County Library system serves 14 branches throughout Whitman County. The main branch is at 102 S Main in Colfax. The newly acquired Center is also a place for education, fitness and community events.
Senior and Special Services