Conclusions - Garth, 1948 Archeological Report
We have now completed excavations of three of the ruins at the old mission site. Only the Mansion House ruin and the gristmill are not yet completely excavated. The fact that even in a short 100-year period a building up of ground layers may occur that has an intrinsic connection with the history of the site is perhaps one of our most important discoveries. Of course, to interpret properly the layering involved, an intimate knowledge of the history of the site is needed. This we are fortunate enough to have. It is quite possible that such layering may occur in other historic sites and be an important criterion for comparison with and interpretation of the history of these sites.
Did You Know?
Great Basin Wild Rye Grass is part of the natural landscape at Whitman Mission. The name Waiilatpu, meaning place of rye grass, was used by the people to name the mission site.