The Great Grave

large, horizontal marble slab surrounded by iron fence
The bodies of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and others killed on November 29-30, 1847 are buried under the marble tombstone.

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Walking towards the Shaft Hill from the Visitor Center, there is a fenced off area that is a small cemetery. There is a large marble tombstone with words and names inscribed on what has become known as the Great Grave--
 

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF

MARCUS WHITMAN

NARCISSA PRENTISS
WHITMAN

ANDREW ROGERS JR.

LUCIEN SAUNDERS

NATHAN KIMBALL

CROCKETT A. BEWLEY

ISAAC GILLEN

JOHN SAGER

FRANCIS SAGER

JACOB HOFFMAN

MARSH

AMOS SALES

JACOB D. HALL

_________________________

MASSACRED NEAR THIS SPOT BY CAYUSE INDIANS NOV. 29-30, 1847.

(Please note -- Isaac Gillen's last name should be spelled Gilliland. Jacob D. Hall should be Peter D. Hall).

The Great Grave houses the bodies of those killed at Whitman Mission on November 29 - 30, 1847. Previous to the placement of the marble tomb in 1897, the bodies had only been protected from wild animals by a mound of dirt and an overturned wagon. The current tombstone is in the same location chosen by the Oregon Volunteers in 1848. On the 50th anniversary of what was called the "Whitman Massacre," the bodies were re-interred in the permanent gravesite.

Written by Tina Boehle

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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