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Willamette Mission State Park
"Ghost buildings" showing original location of the buildings of the Willamette Mission
Type Public, state
Location Marion County, Oregon, United States
45°4′47″N 123°1′50″W / 45.07972°N 123.03056°W / 45.07972; -123.03056Coordinates: 45°4′47″N 123°1′50″W / 45.07972°N 123.03056°W / 45.07972; -123.03056
Size 1,680 acres (680 ha)
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department
Status Open all year

Willamette Mission State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, located about four miles (6 km) north of Keizer adjacent to the Wheatland Ferry and east of the Willamette River. It includes Willamette Station Site, Methodist Mission in Oregon, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Willamette Station Site, Methodist Mission in Oregon
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Nearest city: Gervais, Oregon
Built/Founded: 1834
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: August 1, 1984
NRHP Reference#: 84003040[1]

The park is the site of the Willamette Mission, established in 1834 by Jason Lee, who traveled to the area to convert Native Americans in the Oregon Country to Christianity. The missionaries built a one-room house that served as a school, chapel, hospital, and living quarters. They later added onto the house and built a barn. In September 1837, more missionaries arrived and built a blacksmith shop, granary, and a hospital, and a building that doubled as a school and a dining hall. The mission later moved in 1840 to Salem (known then as Chemeketa). In a flood in 1861, the mission site was extensively damaged, and the Willamette River changed its course. The mission site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the "Willamette Station Site, Methodist Mission in Oregon" and is also known as Willamette (Lee) Mission Site or 35 MA 5001. The state park now contains a "ghost structure" that shows the location of the former mission buildings.[2]


Located along the east bank of the Willamette River, the 1,680-acre (6.8 km2) park contains eight miles (13 km) of hiking trails along the river.[3] The park is home to what was formerly the largest known black cottonwood in the United States.[4][5] The Willamette Mission Cottonwood was designated an Oregon Heritage Tree by the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ "Willamette Mission State Park brochure". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2008-05-13.  
  3. ^ Haight, Abby. White water, wild winds: The recreation is exceptional. The Oregonian, September 30, 2007.
  4. ^ Oregon Department of Forestry
  5. ^ It was beaten by a tree in Cowlitz County, Washington in 2007: National Register of Big Trees, American Forests
  6. ^ Historical Marker and Heritage Tree brochure, Oregon Travel Information Council

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