Washington Filmworks uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.

Rosalia – May 2015

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Lined with patriotic flags and a sense of community, Rosalia is a true slice of Americana. Established in 1870 and incorporated in 1894, the town is approximately 40 miles south of Spokane, Washington. Rustic farmland is surrounded by the gorgeous rolling hills of the Palouse, with the town proudly owning the title as the “Gateway to the Palouse.” Rosalia’s rich history includes the Battle of Steptoe, original brick buildings, and a memorabilia-filled museum. The first Saturday of every June sees the town celebrate its history with battle day events. This fun weekend includes a fun run, parade, car show, craft show, rodeo, talent show, and many other family-friendly events.

Rosalia Weather

Bridge photos from Dave Flye

Photo credit: Dave Slye

Average temperature:

January – High 33.0 F Low 21.0 F
July – High 83.0 F Low 55.0 F

January Rainfall – 2.25 inches
July Rainfall – 0.55 inches

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Projects Filmed in Rosalia

Photo credit: David Slye

Photo credit: Washington Filmworks

The feature films Toys and The Basket were shot just outside town in the rolling wheat fields. Most recently the television series Z Nation was filmed in town. Many residents were extras and enjoyed the experience.

Key Locations of Interest

Photo credit: David Slye

Photo credit: David Slye

The town’s main street, Whitman Avenue, is filled with amazing views and historic old buildings. Walking down the avenue, visitors will run into various charming businesses such as cafes, a book store, art studio, and market. There are also several old warehouses throughout as well as a grain mill. But a main attraction is a fascinatingly vintage Texaco station that radiates nostalgia.

Distance to Closest Large Washington Airport

  • Spokane International Airport is approximately 40 miles from Rosalia.

Distance to Closest Large City in Washington

  • Spokane is approximately 40 miles from Rosalia.

 Relevant Contact Names and Information

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Photo credit: Washington Filmworks

  • Local Film Liaison: Jenna McDonald, Clerk/Treasurer, Town of Rosalia, 509 523-5991, clerk@rosaliatown.org
  • Agency that issues permits and costs: Rosalia City Hall, (509) 523-5991
  • Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control: Sheriff Ron Rockness, Whitman County Sherriff’s Office, (509) 397-6266


Photo credit: David Slye

Photo credit: David Slye

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