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Whitman Mission

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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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Gave great perspective of Whitmans

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Sedona, Arizona
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32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We visited as part of a tour group. We had an introduction to this as part of the group the night before, so we were very familiar with it on arrival. Overall, a pleasant place with significant historical interest, but not much remains to see, other than minimal recreations.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This National Park historic site is well planned out and very educational as to what happened to the whites and Indians many years ago. The visitor center is well done and the staff is very knowledgeable. The historical event had a lot to do with how the whites in Washington DC viewed the Indians and what they decided to do... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Fun bike ride out there, but not much beyond that. We grabbed the pamphlet to read about it. Open field to walk around and read markers of info. A little hike up a small hill to view a monument.

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SeaTac, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Didnt know anything about the mission before this visit found out it was quite an important part of the Oregon trail watch the movie first then off to the grounds they have audio stops along the grounds not really much. up to the monument is a must as the view is quite dramatic being free is a plus and a... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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244 reviews 244 reviews
67 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Although I am an avid reader of American history this was a piece history I had never read or knew of before my visit. The park is in a peaceful sitting just a short distance from the little town of Walla Walla, WA. The Visitor's Center contains artifacts, photos, exhibits, and a film which tell the story of the Whitmans... More 

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