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Things to do: sightseeing, trails, golf
Pullman is the largest city in Whitman County, Washington. The population was 29,799 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 31,682 in 2014. Originally incorporated as Three Forks, the city was later renamed after George Pullman.Pullman, on the Palouse, is best known as the home of Washington State University, a four-campus land-grant university, and of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, an international firm in the power industry. Eight miles (13 km) east of Pullman is Moscow, Idaho, home of the University of Idaho, also a land-grant institution.HistoryAbout five years after European-American settlers established Whitman County on November 29, 1871, Bolin Farr arrived here, camping in 1876 at the confluence of Dry Flat Creek and Missouri Flat Creek, on the bank of the Palouse River. Within the year, Dan McKenzie and William Ellsworth arrived to stake claims for adjoining land. They named the first post office located here as Three Forks. In the spring of 1881, Orville Stewart opened a general store and Bolin Farr platted about 10acre of his land for a town.Pullman was incorporated in 1886 with a population of about 200 people. It was originally named Three Forks, after the three small rivers that converge there: Missouri Flat Creek, Dry Fork, and the South Fork of the Palouse River. In 1884, Dan McKenzie and Charles Moore (of Moscow, Idaho) replatted the site and named it for George Pullman, an American industrialist. On March 28, 1890, the Washington State Legislature established the state's land grant college, but did not designate a location. Pullman leaders were determined to secure the new college and offered 160 acres of land for its campus. On April 18, 1891, the site selection commission appointed by Washington's governor chose Pullman. On January 13, 1892, the institution opened with 59 students under the name Washington Agricultural College and School of Science. It was renamed the State College of Washington in 1905, and as Washington State University in 1959.
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