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Whitman Mission

U.S. Route 12, Walla Walla, WA
509-522-6360
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This National Historic Site marks the location of the Waiilatpu Mission, a Presbyterian mission...
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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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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126 reviews 126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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239 reviews 239 reviews
67 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The history lesson you get and the things are see are great. I love to see this stuff. And it's free. But since it's free they can't really take care of it like they should. Grass is all dead and there are lot many exhibits inside. But the history lesson is worth the trip.

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Borrego Springs, California
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314 reviews 314 reviews
157 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The National Park Service has done an excellent job of recapturing the feeling of the old mission and the tragedy that occurred here. I arrived on a Tuesday morning to discover that the interpretive center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays - but that turned into a blessing. Being there alone with my thoughts - and the ghosts of the Whitmans... More 

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Colfax, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a location of great significance in Pacific Northwest history but there really isn't much here. The Park Service could do much more to showcase this landmark and to educate the public.

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