Retribution or Revenge?

The 1847 attack on the Whitmans horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. Was killing the Whitmans justified legal retribution, an act of revenge, or some combination of both? The circumstances that surround this tragic event resonate with modern issues of cultural interaction and differing perspectives.

Narcissa's handwriting

Read Their Letters

Selected letters written by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman tell of their time as missionaries in Old Oregon.

A young boy looks at the lansdcape through a telescope

Get a Free Park Pass

Look what fourth graders get with an Every Kid in a Park Pass.

Outline of Whitman Home 1847

A Prophecy Fulfilled

Our park film tells the story of the Whitmans among the Cayuse from 1836 to 1847.

Last updated: October 26, 2019

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