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“Federal cutbacks?”
Review of Whitman Mission

Whitman Mission
Ranked #2 of 107 things to do in Walla Walla
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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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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Federal cutbacks?”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

All the guides we had said it was open on Sunday--it wasn't. Went back on Monday and only the grounds were open, not the visitor's center. What we saw was interesting although some of the sound recordings weren't working. We gave up and didn't try back on Tuesday.

Visited March 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Whitman Mission site a nice piece of history”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

This was quite an interesting place.In the 1800s, the missionaries who settled here failed to convert the Indians to Christianity. The missionaries apparently spread measles to the Indians, so the Indians in turn killed them. Unfortunately, we were not there at the time the museum was open, so we didn't get to see relevant artifacts. We were able to tour the grounds where the missionaries lived. The large monument on the top of the hill was a site to see. The problem was getting up there. It is a steep walk up and down, and there are no rails on the sides. It was a little daunting, so only go when there is no rain so it is not slick. The site also contained the mass grave of those massacred. It also included information about Alice, the two-year-old Whitman daughter who drowned in a nearby pond and a cemetery which has no tombs above ground.

Visited March 2014
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Walla Walla, WA
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64 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Good for both kids and adults”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

We live locally and have taken the grandkids to the Mission many times. It never gets old to them. It's adult friendly,too.

Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spaulding were the first white women to travel across the continent.. The Mission became a major stop on the Oregon Trail, a fact which contributed to the massacre. The Indians decided that Marcus and Narcissa Whitman were more interested in helping the emigrants than working with them. A measles epidemic in which killed many local Indians in 1847 was the immediate cause of the massacre, which occurred that same year.

When you have finished at the Whitman Mission, take a short drive west down old highway 12 to the recently opened Frenchtown historical site. French Canadian men with their primarily Indian wives settled in the area before the arrival of the Whitmans. The battle of Walla Walla in 1855 was fought in this area. The battle pitted Emigrant volunteers who had come on the Oregon Trail and warriors of the Cayuse, Walla Walla, Palouse and Yakima tribes.

Visited October 2013
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“Wonderful Place to Visit”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Whether you are a local, a family, a traveler, this site is worth the stop. We have come for a romantic picnic for two as well as brought visiting family. The grounds are beautiful and well kept, and well, if you like area history at all, you will want to include this in your visit.

Visited May 2013
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Walla Walla, WA
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6 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful & filled with lots of history!”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The Mission has quite a bit of hill climbing, so get ready After a few hours here, go directly to Fort Walla Walla.

Visited August 2013
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