A Missionary Saga - Season 1
These articles were produced for a history column in a local weekly paper. Season one is about the trip out. Season two focuses on the early years. Season three covers the years 1843 through 1847. In season four we meet some of the people in their lives.
Part 1: Beginnings and Farewells
Part 2: Packing for an "Unheard of Journey for Females"
Part 3: Unexpected Complications
Part 4: A Final Dash
Part 5: Life on the "Road"
Part 6: An Unexpected Encounter
Part 7: A Brief Respite
Part 8: Setting Up House - A Time Apart
Part 9: Rain, Foam, and Fury - Ten Days on the Columbia River
Part 10: The Spaldings' Mission at the "Place of Butterflies"
Part 11: The Whitmans' Mission at the "Place of the People of the Rye Grass"
Part 12: Beginnings and Endings
Did You Know?
The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.