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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Geology

The impacts of geology are everywhere we look. Geological processes have helped form the earth beneath our feet and the hills, valleys, mountains, and plains where we live and recreate.

The evidence of geologic forces can be seen at Whitman Mission, from the powdery soil composed of loess, to the flat river plain, to the how and why of hill with the monument.

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.