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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 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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This is a very nicely done historical location: easy to wander the grounds, see where all the buildings were, the river, the old grist-mill location, all of it. Lovely place on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Boise, Idaho
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nicely done historical location: easy to wander the grounds, see where all the buildings were, the river, the old grist-mill location, all of it. Lovely place on this Earth.

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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Like history? The Whitman Mission National Historic Site, West of Walla Walla, presents fascinating insight into early Oregon and Washington. It helps open the saga of the Oregon Trail, the great highway which for more than twenty years fed more than 230,000 pioneers to the West coast after a torturous journey from the East. I was drawn to the site... More 

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richland, wa
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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 

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Tumwater
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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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 

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Fall City
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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 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

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 

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College Place, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

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Walla Walla, WA
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111 reviews
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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 

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