Whitman Mission National Historic Site – 2019

On our first full day in the Walla Walla area, we visited the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

Site Information:

Location: Walla Walla, Washington

Trail length: 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy; paved trail up the hill on the site

Distance from Seattle: About 4.5 hours

Tips: This park is pretty small, so feel free to take your time and enjoy the area. It’s really interesting if you have the time!

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Our Traditional Sign Selfie

This was such an interesting site! One thing I have been really enjoying is learning about this side of the country’s history. I know very little about the Western United States in terms of historical events, so stopping at these sites has been so much fun for me.

View of the monument from a covered wagon.

This one in particular goes in detail about the Oregon Trail as this was one of the major stops for several years for the earliest of pioneers. I enjoyed it greatly, and it was free! Anything to do with Laura Ingalls’ time period and I am there. 😉

View of the mission from monument site

The site is home to the ruins of the Mission that once stood there, a monument to those who died in a massacre at the site, and the graves of those who died in the fight. The monument is on a hill on the site, where this photo was taken.

Can you see the wagon down at the bottom? That is the actual site of the Oregon Trail. The trees behind it that are on the flat land show the location of the mission, blacksmith, and stable ruins.

We always enjoy visiting the national sites when we can to get stamps and take our picture in front of the sign. I love how we have these little traditions! You can see all the parks we have visited in this post that I update as often as we visit new places.

Much love,


Author: Chelsea Yell

I write for fun and to keep up with memories I make with others.

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