Steptoe Battleground & Steptoe Butte

A few days ago, I went south of Spokane to check out Steptoe Battleground State Park and Steptoe Butte. It’s in between Spokane and Pullman and takes about an hour to get to Steptoe Butte.

The first stop was Steptoe Battleground in Rosalia, Washington where a battle took place involving Lt. Col. Steptoe and a group of Spokane and other natives. It’s a small park with a monument and that’s about it.

Steptoe Battleground State Park
Standing on bunch grass overlooking the rolling hills from the great flood.
Steptoe Battleground Creek
Strategically important creek, which the soldiers followed.
Steptoe Battleground - farm next to park
Overlooking the rolling hills over a farm next to the park.

What’s pretty cool about that bridge in the picture above is that once a year, horses and wagons take a journey from point to point going over that bridge and people come from all around to watch the reenactment.

From here, I drove to Steptoe Butte, which is interesting because the the Lt. Col’s name is Steptoe but a Steptoe is a type of mountain that is all by itself standing out in the middle of nowhere, I didn’t actually take a picture of the mountain from the ground, but it looks just like a pyramid and at one time, it was referred to as Pyramid Mountain.

The mountain was a sacred place where the native men would climb to the top and stay there until they received great spiritual inspiration, which is a common ritual around the world.

Here are a few pictures at the top overlooking the rolling hills caused by the great flood at the last ice age.

Steptoe Butte rolling hills
See the rolling hills from the great Missoula flood at the last ice age.
Transmission site at the top of Steptoe Butte
Transmission site at the top of Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte More Rolling Hills
Steptoe Butte More Rolling Hills
Steptoe Butte Transmission Tower
Steptoe Butte Transmission Tower

Near Missoula, Montana about 10,000 years ago, there was a monster lake formed by massive surrounding glaciers and in the middle was a lot of water. It broke and all that water poured out causing one a cataclysmic event of truly epic proportions.

There was so much water as it flowed west through the Idaho and Washington area that lasted for a few days. The amount of water was so vast, it is estimated that the flow was up to 2000 feet deep and was equivelant to 16 times every river on the planet combined or 60 times the flow of the Amazon – all at once.

The rolling hills you see is like the wavy ground under rivers or near the beach at the ocean caused by all that massive water flow. Driving through the state, you can see massive boulders in the middle of nowhere that were put there as if they were little pebbles by the ice dam flow and what this did was cause this area to be some of the most fertile farming land in the world and it is still that way to this very day.