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Garfield County, Washington
Genealogy and History

 

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Towns and Communities
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Central Ferry

Chard

Dodge

Gould City

Houser

Illia

Kirby

Mayview

Mentor

Pataha
"Pataha, a village near Pomeroy in Garfield County, on a creek bearing the same name which is a tributary of the Tucannon. The word is Nez Perce and means 'brush.' There was a dense fringe of brush along the creek. The site was first settled in 1861 by James Bowers, who sold it to his brother in law, J. Benjamin Norton, who, in turn sold it in 1867 to A.J. Favor. He platted the town on August 21, 1882. (Illustrated History of Southeastern Washington, page 545) The town was formerly known as 'Favorsburg' and 'Watertown,' but the Indian name finally prevailed. Favor was an interesting pioneer who, for a time, drove stage on the Lewiston route. He was known as 'Vine' but the newspapers of that day had much fun over his real name. 'His parents lived in a small town in Maine and a circus came there for the first time in the history of the place. It was owned by Angevine, June, Titus & Company. Mr. and Mrs. Favor attended in the afternoon and were so well pleased that they named their boy, born on the following day, for the proprietors of the enterprise.'
[Columbia Chronicle, January 31, 1885, "1923 Origin of Washington Geographic Names"]


Peola

Ping

Pomeroy

Rose Springs

Stentz Spring

Unfried

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