The Latah Mammoth 

​Sculpture Project

For a detailed version of this story, please see Jack Nisbet's story, The Palouse Mammoths, reprinted in the Inlander Magazine on April 5, 2001. Click HERE to read the article.


The Latah Mammoth

​​Article Author:Laura Arksey, October 12, 2005, Washington State Dept of Archeology and Historic Preservation, 

Resources:Jack Nisbet, Visible Bones (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2003) 69-91; Jack Nisbet "The Palouse Mammoths," Columbia Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2004) pp. 11-16 and in the Inlander online magazine, April 5, 2001. Dr. Charles Luttrell, "Three Fossil Discoveries in Washington Territory and Their Histories, 1876 to Present", Doctoral Thesis, Eastern Washington University, 2001.  

Photographs:Mammoth Skeleton courtesy photo archives of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History; Ben Copen, Mammoth Skull, and Chicago Field Museum Mount courtesy of Columbia Magazine. Current mammoth photo courtesy of the photo archives of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.  

The Latah Mammoth

The town of Latah is working toward getting a full-size replica of a mammoth for our town park next to Highway 27. Bids for a full-size, steel weather-resistant, child-safe sculpture range from approximately $45,000 to $150,000. We really need donations to make this vision a reality. If you can help, please contact us! Your deductions are tax deductible. 

Note that checks should be made out to the South East Spokane County Historical Society.


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