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Tshimakain Mission


This 22 mile side trip extends out to a monument marking the site of the former 1838 Tshimakain Mission.

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The Tshimakain Mission was established in November 1838 by Rev. Cushing Eells and Rev. Elkanah Walker, Congregationalist missionaries sent to the Oregon Territory by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Archibald McDonald, chief factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Colville, recommended the site called Tshimakain (place of springs) by the Native Americans for its abundance of water, wood, and farming land. After the Whitman Massacre of...

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Mile: 51