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Whitman Mission National Historic Site

In southeastern Washinton, near Walla Walla

 

Marcus and Narcissa Whitman founded a Protestant mission here in 1836 to convert the Cayuse people to Christianity and provide a way station for Oregon Trail pioneers. In 1847, a measles epidemic killed half the Cayuse. The survivors blamed Marcus Whitman for his inability to cure the measles and killed him, his wife, and 11 others on November 29, 1847. Another 50 hostages were ransomed a month later by agents from the Hudson's Bay Company. The site was authorized in 1936 and renamed in 1963.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Fishing, picnicking, touring original building sites, a section of the Oregon Trail, and a mass grave of Whitman and others. Book sales area, picnic area with tables. Facilities: Visitor center, trails, wayside exhibits. Programs & Events: Slide program. Cultural demonstrations (June-Aug., weekends). Tips & Hints: Wear walking shoes. The best times to visit are early summer and fall. Busiest May and June, least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: None in park. In College Place: the Country Estate (938 Scenic View Dr., tel. 509/529-5442; 4 sites; $18; showers, toilets, hookups). Near Touchet: Pierce s Green Valley RV Park (24672 W. U.S. 12, tel. 509/394-2387; 30 sites; $13-$22; vault toilets, hook-ups).  Hotels: None in park. In Walla Walla: La Quinta Inn & Suites (520 N. 2nd Ave., tel. 509/525-2522; 61 rooms, 5 suites; $69-$139). In Walla Walla: Marcus Whitman Hotel (6 W. Rose St., tel. 509/525-2200; 75 rooms, 16 suites; $75-$139). X Restaurants: In Walla Walla: Paisano's (26 E. Main St., tel. 509/527-3511; $13-$20; closed Sun.), Red Apple (57 E. Main St., tel. 509/525-5113, $10-$20). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In College Place: Wal-Mart Superstore (1700 S. E. Meadowbrook Rd., tel. 509/525-3468).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Entrance fee: $3 adults, free ages 16 and under, $5 per family. Washington state fishing license required. No hunting. Leashed pets only. Walk bicycles on trails. Park open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-4:30.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

7 mi west of Walla Walla, off U.S. 12. Closest airport: Walla Walla.

 

CONTACTS

Whitman Mission National Historic Site (328 Whitman Mission Rd., Walla Walla, WA 99362, tel. 509/522-6360, fax 509/522-6355,). Walla Walla Area Chamber of Commerce (Box 644, Walla Walla, WA 99362, tel. 509/525-0850).