A small town of just over 1,600 residents, Ritzville isn’t a vacation hotspot. And while there may not be much to do in this 1.70 square mile area, it does make for a great place to stretch your legs. Check out these activities that make Ritzville a unique spot to stop.
Before stopping here, download this cool brochure for the Heavy Metal Sculpture Tour. This is a self-guided tour that will take you through different areas of Ritzville while teaching you about the various influencers in history. With nine sculptures total, this provides the perfect little walk for visitors.
Once you’ve checked out all of the sculptures, and worked up a bit of a hunger, check out Cow Creek Mercantile. In this locally owned and operated restaurant, café, gift & home décor- place of operation you can find everything you need. From ice cream to pizza, to espresso to beer and wine, Cow Creek Mercantile is a well rated establishment beloved by locals.
A Historic Library
If you’ve still got some time, and want to check out one last hot spot, drive over to the Ritzville Carnegie Library. First built in 1902, this library was founded by Daniel Buchanan, a local farmer and “prominent politician.” When he first founded this public library, he donated over 550 books from his private collection. He was then given over $10,500 which is today’s equivalent of $289,498.33 to build a new structure and fill it. Later in 1982, the library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also home to the second largest rodeo in Eastern Washington, Ritzville attracts hundreds of tourists each year in September. With events such as barrels, steer wrestling and tie down roping, this rodeo is classic. Children under five can enjoy these shows for free, along with saddle bronc riding, cowgirl barrel racing and cowgirl breakaway roping. For more information contact Ritzville Farm Class Rodeo. The 2020 Rodeo was canceled due to COVID-19, but check back next year.
While your friends might question why you’ve stopped in this seemingly sleepy town, once you’re done with a tour, bite to eat and a stop at the Carnegie Library, you’ll be able to pass the word on about this small town. It’s worth a visit on the way to or from Spokane.
Photos by: Joe Mabel, Ritzville Rodeo Association and Bob Bowie (via Unsplash)