Tekoa trestle gains funding

May 9, 2019

The Whitman County Gazette reports on new upgrades coming to the statewide Palouse to Cascades Trail, including decking and fencing on the Tekoa Trestle. The funding was included in the recently passed capital budget, including two Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) grants.


The former Milwaukee Railroad trestle at Tekoa has been included in the state’s next two-year budget which was approved before the legislature adjourned April 28 in Olympia. The funding would provide decking and fencing on the trestle span which has been blocked off since the state purchased the Milwaukee right-of-way and converted it to the John Wayne Trail, now officially known and the Palouse to Cascades Trail.

Pete Martin, president of Friends of the Tekoa Trestle, reported the trestle project has been funded for $1,014,000.

Martin noted the funding was celebrated by the Tekoa group which has pushed for years to get the high trestle open as part of the cross-state trail system and a key attraction at the east end of the trail which ends at the Idaho state line.

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