The Whitman Mission

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 What:  This place was also called Waiilatpu meaning "place of the people of the rye grass". This is the site of a mission founded in 1836 among the Cayuse Indians by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. It was an important station on the Oregon Trail. Their wagon was the first to make it as far west as Fort Boise and was a major inspiration for many other wagons to follow. Eliza Spalding and Narcissa Whitman were the first white women to cross the continent overland. The mission slowly grew and helped the emigrants pushing west, though progress in spiritual matters with the natives went poorly. At one point the Whitmans, who had just lost their daughter to drowning, adopted the seven Sager children whose parents had died on the Oregon Trail coming out. When sickness brought by emigrants threatened to wipe tribes out, a small band massacred the Whitmans though sparing several of the children. The children had now lost 2 sets of parents in the wilderness. Interpretive trail, movie, exhibits, section of Oregon Trail, Pond, teepee, memorial gravesites, wild rabbits, and plant life. The rangers here were very helpful with answering questions. We combined this trip with the Blue Mountain, Mill Creek watershed trip.
For more information to prepare you for your trip here:
Whitman Mission National Historic Site Home Page: National Park Service
Whitman Mission N.H.S. Expanded Web Page: National Park Service
Educational topics: Pioneer/Indian recipes, children, tribes, mystery, etc.
Marcus/Narcissa Whitman Biographies:
Cayuse Indians: The Umatilla Tribe
 Where:  From Walla Walla take 12 west 7 miles to a major sign for the mission.
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