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Address: U.S. Route 12, Walla Walla, WA
Phone Number: 509-522-6360
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Description: This National Historic Site marks the location of the Waiilatpu Mission, a...
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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Great walk back in time!

This is a great place to learn a lot about local history. There is a variety of things to do here from walking outdoors, climbing a hill to a monument and watching a video on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to learn a lot about local history. There is a variety of things to do here from walking outdoors, climbing a hill to a monument and watching a video on local history, if you are lucky enough you even get to watch some of their living history when people come and reenact the past. It... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Museum is perfectly nice, but don't miss the video presentations and ranger talks. They really helped us understand why the Whitman mission and Whitman deaths were historically significant, and the story was told in a very even-handed way (both European-American and Calouse Indian perspectives presented).

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Renton, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

More fun than anyone should have looking at the location of a historical site. You can see the foundations of the original mission, the grave site of the founders and their is a small museum and visitor center..

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Walla Walla, Washington
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103 reviews 103 reviews
44 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If you want a glimpse into what life was like back before this area was fully settled. Come check out the Whitman Mission, you can see the foundations from the original mission settlement and check out some great information on Marcus and Narcissa and their journey to and settlement in the area. If you come in the middle of summer,... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Very historical and informative. The Center closes at 4:30, but stick around and climb to the top of the hill to watch the sun go down. Very peaceful to go up there and reflect on the activity that transpired there many years ago.

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Bellingham, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

The introductory video in the park center gave a comprehensive overview of the Whitmans and the events of their time. It provided a nice historical background for our subsequent walk around the grounds. The grounds are well kept and had helpful audio that we could listen on demand. Time here was well-spent and free! I would highly recommend watching the... More 

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Walla Walla, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Learn a little history about Walla Walla and the early ignorance of white men thinking they were helping the local indigenous people while instead bringing disease to the locals and paying the ultimate price for their well intentioned ideas.

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Walla Walla, Washington, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

You get an eerie feeling. Barebones memorials, no original buildings, but the crypt and location make you stop and think.

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dixie, washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A very nice museum and the grounds are lovely. places for picnics and a short hike to the monument overlooks the Walla Walla valley, so very beautiful....the store has some great books too!

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A remarkably well done historical site. Visitor center is very nice and the staff knowledgeable . A small but interesting slice of American history. To stand in the wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail and realize what a long and sometimes terrible journey it was.

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