Whitman Mission National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail

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Whitman Mission National Historic Site Visitor Center

Quick Facts

Baby Changing Station, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

Whitman Mission National Historic Site was established to preserve and share the story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman's religious mission to the Cayuse Nation in the early nineteenth century, along with its lasting impacts and continuing relevancy. The Whitman's established their religious mission at Waiilatpu on the Columbia Plateau in 1836. During the 1840s, the mission also served as a way-stop on the Oregon Trail, providing emigrants with food, medicine, and, if needed, a place to stay during the winter. The Whitmans were killed in an attack on November 29, 1847.

The National Park Service now manages the mission site, which includes over a mile of paved paths, interpretive exhibits, the graves of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, a commemorative obelisk, and a visitor center. None of the original mission buildings remain, but their locations are marked. Ranger programs are presented daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Oregon National Historic Trail

Oregon National Historic Trail, Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Last updated: November 3, 2020