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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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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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Their path can still be seen

The building is a distant sight north of town. Take the time and make the drive. If nothing else you will come away from this visit with a heck of an understanding of what was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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McMinnville, United States
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McMinnville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is a distant sight north of town. Take the time and make the drive. If nothing else you will come away from this visit with a heck of an understanding of what was happening to the wagon trains as they neared the end of the Oregon trail. The ground looks like easy rolling ground but it is anything... More 

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well done walk-thru museum with life-size dioramas, video presentations and artifacts to present a saga of the American West. And then wander down to the wagon ruts where the thousands of pioneers walked thousands of miles.

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Thank chiefWright
Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Don't visit Baker City without visiting the Interpretive Center. It is a short drive and worth it. Plan a couple of hours for the Center and much longer if you want to walk the paths.

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Thank Rita F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is my second time at oregon trail interpretive center. It is really cool. If you travel in baker city do not miss this place.I love walking outside of bulding.

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Thank Nancy S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

This was so nicely set up. Sends you back in time when people set there dreams and worked hard to achieve it. To see the landscape they had to conquer just makes the site more real

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

The displays and information provided is great. We didn't walk the outdoor trail due to weather but looking out the big windows give a sense of the vastness of the terrain. A good activity for all ages and a room for kids to have some interactive play. Some nice short videos to watch as I walk through.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Fascinating analyses and exhibits of the 18th century wagon trains and of the awesome problems facing the pioneers. What courage and fortitude!

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I only had time for a brief visit but was quite impressed with the quality of this small museum in an amazing setting. I am looking forward to going back.

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Clackamas Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Stunning vistas overlooking actual wheel ruts from the Oregon Trail. You understand the vast emptiness that the pioneers faced after crossing half the U.S. Good interpretive museum with interactive exhibits. Walking path to actual Oregon trail is a nice walk. All are handicap accessible. This is about ten miles out of town (Baker City).

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Snoqualmie Pass, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Very well done. Couldn't do the hike to the wagon ruts, but the r st of it is really well done and informative. There is a lot to read that is balanced with audio and displays with short descriptions.

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