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Address: U.S. Route 12, Walla Walla, WA
Phone Number: 509-522-6360
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This National Historic Site marks the location of the Waiilatpu...

This National Historic Site marks the location of the Waiilatpu Mission, a Presbyterian mission ministering to the Cayuse Indians from 1836 to 1847. The mission, a way station for Oregon Trail pioneers, ended tragically with the killing of missionaries by the Cayuse.

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A beautiful place

This National Historic Site is in an idyllic setting right off the highway. The National Park Ranger, Stephanie, knew everything!! She could have talked forever on the Whitmans... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
teresa k
richland, wa
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richland, wa
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This National Historic Site is in an idyllic setting right off the highway. The National Park Ranger, Stephanie, knew everything!! She could have talked forever on the Whitmans and the Mission---impressive!! It is well-documented and preserved and a wonderful history lesson

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Bear, Delaware
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133 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were treated to a lecture on the Whitman Mission and the subsequent massacre during our river cruise. A visit to the museum added depth to our experience. I was pleasantly surprised that the museum presented a balanced view of the Whitman's relationship to the Native Americans and do not gloss over the contributing factors to their untimely deaths. There... More 

Thank BearTraveler69
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a fun place to stop at, free for all. Offers a 40 min video and then a museum and walking trails, very interesting for families who enjoy history

Thank Stephanie S
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Dr Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa established a mission here in 1831. The site was right on the Oregon trail. They intended to convert and "save" the local Cayuse native American population. Their deaths, along with a dozen others, precipitated the militarization of the north west, and the Indian Wars which followed including the Battle of Little Big Horn.... More 

Thank Angus W
Fall City
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I had heard about the Whitman Misison, and knew a little about the missionary who it is named after, but I didn't know the whole story. Thr grounds are great for a picnic with a bottle of your favorite red wine from one of Walla Walla's finest, but there is more to experience than a mere quick stop. Inside the... More 

Thank mcwright40
Eugene, Oregon
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

All the buildings are gone of course since it was burned up after the massacre occurred. The foundation where the buildings stood are in the ground and well manicured so you can see the layout of the mission. It is very accessible as you can walk around or sit and reflect upon the presence of what was once there. The... More 

Thank Larry M
College Place, Washington
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Whitman Mission is the site of the Whitman memorial, remains of the house and outbuildings, and graveyard to the Whitmans, Sagars, and others slain in the 1850's. This spot was critical to those traversing the Oregon Trail and was a key stopping off juncture for most. The site is beautifully maintained by the National Parks services and their Rangers. Good... More 

Thank AngelDeb12
Walla Walla, WA
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111 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

When you live near a National Park or Monument you sometimes take it for granted. We have lived here for over 40 years and visit this one several times a year. Its almost always quiet and well kept. The views from the top of the hill where the monument is located are spectacular and bucolic. The visitor center is small... More 

Thank Itswoots
Grapeview, Washington
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271 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This was interesting to visit as I have just finished reading about some of the history surrounding the Whitman's work with the Indians in this area. Walking around reading the plaques describing the settlement, you walk away with more of the white settler's perspective. However the visitor center and film do a better job of presenting both sides of the... More 

Thank Jim B
Spokane Valley, Washington
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I visited the Whitman Mission historical site today. Their website said the site would be open, and the grounds were open, but the interpretive center wasn't. Probably not surprising since it's not the peak of the tourist season any more, but I was disappointed. The grounds, however, are well signed--you can go on a walking tour of the former mission... More 

Thank Ann S

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