Elkanah Walker, Early Oregon Missionary - 1871


Elkanah Walker, Early Oregon Missionary - Bowers

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Elkanah Walker crossed the plains with his new bride, Mary, in 1838, at a time when the Oregon Trail had not yet been given its name. Mary was known as the "third woman to cross the Rockies". They spent the next nine years as missionaries to the Spokane tribe, at their mission named Tshimikain.

After the Whitman Mission killings in 1847, the Walkers moved to the Forest Grove area, where Elkanah took up farming and preached in the Congregational Church. They donated some of their land to help establish Pacific University. This photo was taken in Massachusetts in 1871, when the Walkers took the train to return for a visit to their home state of Maine.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0280
Photographer W. T. Bowers
Location Forest Grove, Washington County, Massachusetts
Subject Missionaries, Portraits
Decade 1870s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type CDV
Size of Original 2.3 x 3.9 inches
Photographer's Number No

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