High above the Palouse Hills on the eastern edge of Washington, Steptoe Butte offers views of a unique landscape. The  quartzite bluff stands out against soft hills of green and mauve, an occasional barn dotting the landscape. Colors seem to shift and change in the light.

The butte contains some of the oldest rock in the Pacific Northwest, and it marks the border of the original North American Continent.


 This two-story Victorian home, completed in 1887, was the center of Colfax society until 1920, when James died. Their son Sumner and family moved into the house and helped their mother, bringing life and laughter back. Jennie passed away in 1935. Although Sumner died in 1959, his wife maintained the large home until the late 1960s. 

The Perkins House is available for meetings, small weddings, bridal showers, anniversary parties, and other events.  A modest cleaning fee is charged for use of the house.  

The Codger Pole, a 65-foot-tall chainsaw sculpture, commemorates a 1988 high school football rematch — played fifty years after the first game, by the same participants. Colfax lost to St. John in 1938, but won the rematch.