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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Before and After 2005 Prescribed Burn

The area just north of the parking lot was burned in 2005. At first the area looked like a war zone, but within just a few months glorious green appeared. Areas that have recently been burned often look greener than other parts of the park.

 
Area before burn is covered with dead, brown grass.
Before the burn.
NPS photo
 
Ground has been burned and is black.
March 2005, shortly after the burn.
NPS photo
 
Lush green grass covers the ground.
June 2005.
NPS photo

Did You Know?

painting of mission with wagon in front

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.