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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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Nice grounds to walk around!

There is lots of trails to walk, most all are paved. There is a real steep hill to climb. But once you reach the top, there is a great view. The museum is small but free to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is lots of trails to walk, most all are paved. There is a real steep hill to climb. But once you reach the top, there is a great view. The museum is small but free to visit. Well worth the trip and kids would love the freedom of walking where many pioneers and wagons went.

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College Place, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Whitman Mission and memorial grounds offers a nice array of choices for outdoor activities. If you are feeling energetic take a hike to the peak of the memorial and gaze over the Eastern Washington and Oregon valleys. While you're catching your breath take in the incredible 360 degree views from the top. Next, choose to continue on the well... More 

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Longview, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure to watch the free 20 minute movie before you take the free tour...both very worth the time invested!

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The park rangers are very informative and helpful in explaining the mission, what happened and answered all questions. I think it's great they explain both sides of the story. You can also take a walk around the mission and get a great view of the area from the hill.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent more than an hour at the Whitman Mission, a National Historic Park site, and were impressed by the quality of the interior exhibits, the outside interpretation, and the excellent half-hour tour given by Park Service Ranger Kate. She took our small group through the site of the mission where now only the outlines of the buildings are marked... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whitman Mission (hopefully someday Waiilatpu) National Historic Site has a very tough subject material to interpret: that of Christian missionaries who had their own extremely biased viewpoints and the Cayuse people, who have been historically sidelined as mere "savages" for killing them. Instead of totally growing into anti-American fervor, the site remarkably manages to tread the line and deliver both... More 

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The short documentary is tastefully done and presents both sides to this tragic story that has a ripple effect throughout the Pacific Northwest history. We enjoyed the peaceful walk around the beautiful grounds. The gift shop has many books for purchase that delve deeper into the history of the Whitman's and the native peoples.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An enjoyable yet at the same time a sad place to visit. Learning the history of Whitman, what he did to help the Indians, then being massacred by the Indians for a mistaken belief in him not being able to cure diseases is quite sad. A very interesting history lesson.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had never fully heard the story of what when on here. I would recommend people in the area check this out. I will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love walking at the Whitman Mission, and the peaceful view from the monument is one of my favorite in Walla Walla. Considering the story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman is fascinating and heartbreaking. I would highly recommend.

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