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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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Address: 22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City, OR
Phone Number: +1 541-523-1843
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Description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living...
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. We offer a variety of interpretive programs and special exhibits year-round. One mile of well-preserved ruts lie on the Interpretive Center grounds, and are accessible by the trails or from a turnout on Highway 86 about a half-mile west of the Center's entrance.
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Well worth the stop, avoid movie

This is one of the better, if not the best, museum on the Oregon Trail. It has exhibits from how they loaded the wagon to the problems encountered along the way. We waited for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Meridian, Idaho
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Waldport, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Exciting for kids I'm sure but a little weak for adults. Good information and local history. Great visual and audio effects.

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Meridian, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of the better, if not the best, museum on the Oregon Trail. It has exhibits from how they loaded the wagon to the problems encountered along the way. We waited for the movie, which is announced, only to find out the showing the day we were there was about the gold miners going to California. They should... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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36 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Went with my family(all adults) and had a wonderful time. Very well done and i would send everyone i know that visits the area for some history tours. I wish it was not raining so hard because i wanted to walk around some outside.. Great job

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Well worth the visit. The exhibits and stories make you realize that the people that successfully made the journey from the Mississippi to Oregon in covered wagons were tough and persistent. I don't want to hear any more complaints about your coach seats on your flight from St. Louis to Portland!

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Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My wife and I visited on a Saturday. The museum is fairly small and we never saw a story teller or ranger. We walked the hot trail and saw the ruts and the overlook deck. The deck was covered with bird dropping and not enjoyable due to the droppings. They should put in a small restaurant because the museum is... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This was our 2nd time to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. If you want to get an idea of what it was really like to travel cross country back in the old days this is the place to do it. We enjoyed the displays very much. Don't bother to walk all the way down to see the wagon... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

National Historical Oregon trail interpretive is very unique place in small town Baker city. I love Baker city. Easy entrance and exit from I-84 hwy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

All exhibits are well done. Nice interpretive story tellers make it much more real than a movie. A must see for anyone interested in the history of the American migration to the west. Seeing the actual wheel ruts is moving.

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We arrived in time for the Ranger's talk, "Could you survive the Oregon Trail?" He was informative, but being relatively new to the area doing more research would give him more details that might not be generally known. Just a few minutes after his talk, they showed a video that repeated his info and added significantly with visual re-enactments. Also... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

One of the best. Loading the covered wagon gave us all a reality check on cross country travel. Don't miss it.

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