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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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Incredible History

Very interesting to learn about the Whitmans and what happened at the mission. Fair and balanced presentation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting to learn about the Whitmans and what happened at the mission. Fair and balanced presentation.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We arrived at the Park on June 17, 45 minutes before closing, but we're told we could not come inside the visitors center, because they were closing. So, we walked around the grounds, but with few signs to explain what we were seeing, we had to rely on what we had read online. It is a short but steep walk... More 

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Cecilia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Whitman Mission is a bit out of the way, but it is well worth the time to visit. It preserves the site of the Christian mission of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, who are buried on the grounds. The tragic story of the Whitmans has often been presented as a tale of treachery on the part of the ungrateful Cayuse... More 

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Woodland, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I took the advise of another review and watched the film before touring the grounds - really glad I did. It wouldnt make much sense the other way around. Excellent balanced presentation explaining how complicated this incident really was.

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West Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This visit refreshed my memory from my school days about the Whitman Mission massacre. I had remembered it pretty well, but the US Park Service exhibit was excellent. You could walk the grounds and really feel what the Whitmans must have felt. It also made you confront the whole concept of religious missionary work which led to this situation. Quite... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is the site of the Whitman Mission - where John and Narcissa Whitman settled in 1838, I think, to convert neighboring Native Americans (Cayuse Indians, primarily) to Christianity. It didn't go well for anyone, to say the least. The site is fascinating because the landmarks for the mission are very evident and their story is quite compelling. Be prepared... More 

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Seattle, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The museum building is rather small, with an interesting video about the Whitmans. Most of the display involves walking the property where the mission buildings once stood. This requires a bit of imagination. Knowing there is controversy concerning the role of missionaries and the actions of Native Americans in the Whitman massacre, I felt the presentation was balanced and unbiased.... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My wife had visited the mission site a couple times many years ago, but I had never been there. I am so glad we made the stop! I had heard about the Whitman Mission and the massacre that took place there, but I did not realize what a major piece of Northwest, and even national, history it was. The visitor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Must see if you are interested in the history of Walla Walla, northwest Indian tribes, the Oregon Trail, or the settling of the west

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a small park run by our National Park Service. There is a nice museum with a/c, bathrooms, displays, a movie. You can walk to the actual Oregon trail and the site of the mission and the Whitmans home (the buildings are gone, but the foundations are outlined). Then there is a monument on a hill that is a... More 

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Additional Information about Whitman Mission

Address: U.S. Route 12, Walla Walla, WA
Phone Number: 509-522-6360
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Walla Walla
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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