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Description - Visitors to this site can gain an understanding of life along the Oregon Trail in the mid-Nineteenth Century at the Visitor Center. Exhibits and a slide program, available during normal operating hours, cover the history of the Whitman missionaries, Cayuse Indians and Oregon Trail.

Attractions - Whitman Mission National Historic Site preserves the site of
the Whitman's buildings and Mill Pond, a short segment of the Oregon Trail and the grave where the victims are buried. A paved trail leads visitors around the site, passing the remains mentioned above. Native grasses have reclaimed the land and give visitors a sense of how the area looked in the 1840s.

Recreation - All trails in the park are paved except a quarter-mile portion of the Oregon Trail that leads through the center of the site. There are no lodging or camping facilities in the park, but picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis.

Climate - Summer in southeastern Washington is sunny and usually hot with high and low temperatures reaching 92-62 degrees F. Comfortable and casual clothing such as, shorts, a T-shirt, hat and sunscreen are recommended. Winter brings cloudy and cold weather with the high and low temperatures reaching 40-20 degrees F. In this season a coat and hat with warm layers are necessary.

Location - The Whitman Mission is located in the southeastern part of Washington state, approximately seven miles south of Walla Walla.


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Contact Information:
Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Route 2, Box 247 , Walla Walla, WA, 99362-9699, Phone: 509-522-6360

Additional Information:
Washington National Forests and Parks - Washington has an abundance of National Forests. There are six national forests within the state.
Washington's Historic Sites -
Wine Country - As you cross the mountains from the west on your way to Wine Country, you emerge from the forest into the naked sun and dry, rippling hills of the Yakima Valley. Stretched out ahead, the Saddle Mountains wear little foliage and the bones of the earth are suddenly visible.

Links:
Whitman Mission National Historic Site - Official agency website

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