With his lavish hotel atop Steptoe Butte, celebrity homesteader Cashup Davis elevated the Palouse experience
Editor's Note: The following is an edited excerpt from 'Cashup Davis: The Inspiring Life of a Secret Mentor,' by Jeff Burnside and Gordon W. Davis (Basalt Books, Aug. 15, 2022, $18.95 paperback; available at basaltbooks.wsu.edu and at Pacific Northwest booksellers; see cashupdavis.com).
'The mountain became a motto to the man.'
— New York Evening Post article about Cashup Davis
CASHUP DAVIS STOOD on the 14-by-14-foot cupola atop his new hotel, perched on one of the highest points in all of the Palouse — Steptoe Butte, which he now owned — and looked out over every homestead and every town from horizon to horizon: 'a land of peace and plenty.