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A sketch of the Whitman Mission at Waiilatpu on the Walla Walla River made by Nancy Osborn, a child who survived the 1847 massacre by hiding under the floorboards of one of the buildings. The sketch shows how the Whitmans had expanded their compound to accommodate travelers on the Oregon Trail, for whom Waiilatpu was an important way station. Here there was a dormitory where they could sleep (second building from the left) and a blacksmith shop (third from left) where they could repair their wagons. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman lived in the adobe home at the center of the drawing. Their Indian workers lived in the tipis to the right.

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