The Palouse is a distinct geographic region of the northwestern United States, encompassing parts of north central Idaho, southeastern Washington, and, by some definitions, parts of northeast Oregon. It is a major agricultural area, primarily producing wheat and legumes. Situated about 160 miles north of the Oregon Trail, the region experienced rapid growth in the late 19th century and was once Washington’s most populous region, surpassing even the Puget Sound area. The Palouse is home to two land-grant universities, the University of Idaho in Moscow and Washington State University in Pullman. Just eight miles apart, both schools opened in the early 1890s. Today, the Palouse is full of rich heritage throughout its farming communities. The area is still one of the wheat farming capitals of the world and an agricultural center for miles around. Content Courtesy of Wikepedia.