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Willamette Mission “Ghost Structure”

Driven by a desire to bring the story of the early pioneer settlement alive for visitors to the park, an innovative approach was selected to tell the story of the early mission.  Oregon State Parks Foundation helped to raise $125,780 to develop the Willamette Mission Ghost Structure and provide two interpretative kiosks.

The Ghost Structure – an open sided metal structure that depicts the mission buildings, is located on the original mission site.  This is an acceptable interpretative method used on other National Register sites and helps provide a three dimensional glimpse of the context of the site from an almost forgotten era.  This structure is clearly visible from the interpretative trail and kiosks located on the west bank of Mission Lake in the park.  The trail system leading to the site is ADA accessible.

Willamette Mission State Park is the site of the former Willamette Mission, established in 1834 by Reverend Jason Lee, who traveled overland from the eastern U.S. to teach the Native Americans in the Oregon Country.  This park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great place for history buffs to explore.