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Washington State's Marcus Whitman

The third and final stop on the short tour was National Statuary Hall, the meeting place of the US House of Representatives from 1807 to 1857 and now home to part of a collection of 100 sculptures around the Capitol, two from each US state.

This is a bronze statue of Marcus Whitman, an American physician representing Washington State. In 1843, Whitman led the first large party of wagon trains along the Oregon Trail to the West, establishing it as a viable route for the immigrants who used the trail in the following decade. Settlers encroached on the Cayuse people near the Whitman mission. Following the deaths of all the Cayuse children and half their adults they killed the Whitmans and 12 other settlers, known as the Whitman (or Walla Walla) Massacre. Continuing warfare by settlers reduced the Cayuse numbers further and they eventually joined the Nez Perce tribe to survive.

My first ‘real’ bird! posted earlier:

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Julie Oldfield23-Jan-2018 01:34
Wow.....I never knew that.
Raymond22-Jan-2018 18:25
Wow, what a story!
bill friedlander22-Jan-2018 17:17
Is a lovely statue and a fine capture of it. V
Pieter Bos22-Jan-2018 16:48
Beautiful interior image. ~V
Jim Coffman22-Jan-2018 16:41
Very nice detail in this well captured image...
Tom Munson22-Jan-2018 16:10
Beautiful capture, Helen. Whitman co is just south of us here in Spokane.
Jola Dziubinska22-Jan-2018 15:33
Very nice sculpture, thank you for the story behind. V.
Nick Paoni22-Jan-2018 15:19
It's hard to even imagine the hardships those early settlers faced.