Methodist Missionaries

A branch of Jason Lee’s Methodist mission was founded here in 1838 to bring the word of God to the Indians. Called “Wascopam” after the resident Wasco Indian tribe, it was headed by Lee’s nephew, Daniel Lee and Rev. Henry K. W. Perkins. Along with Marcus Whitman’s 1836 Presbyterian mission near present-day Walla Walla, Washington, Wascopam provided assistance each autumn to thousands of starving, ill, and often desperate emigrants as they faced the last great barrier of the Oregon Trail — The Cascade Mountains.