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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City, OR
+1 541-523-1843
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Baker City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Performances
Owner description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Eugene
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This was our 3rd visit to this site, the first being the year that it opened. We've brought friends and family to visit it as well. Since we were passing by the center, we decided to take a break and check it out again. It did not disappoint. The displays have been kept in excellent condition, including the full sized... More

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Olympia, Washington
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17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

All of the displays will have you back in time wondering how you could have done this feat. But after all of that, just standing in the wagon ruts where you can still plainly see the trail makes you reflect on everything we have today. A must see place allow 3 hours at least for the Center, and more time... More

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Boise, Idaho
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This attraction is beautifully done. The exhibits allow one to feel like they are taking a step along the trail themselves. The narrations of what life along the trail tell the story of hardship and loss that those who followed the trail endured. The view of the valley below the interpretive center is gorgeous. This is a well worthwhile stop... More

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Canby, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We loved it all! Great staff. Very informative center with lots to see and do. Take a leisurely walk down the Oregon Trail, literally! We stop here every time we pass. True Rich History. Easy to get to. Fun for all!

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is why we visited Baker City - we were following the Oregon Trail. The exhibits are extensive and well presented. Very informative and interesting.

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Batavia, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A must see for the whole family. Very informative and realistic. It felt like a step back in time. Very easy to get to and wonderful staff to answer any questions.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a trail that must it have been in those days. In this center they show you in a very dynamic way all the ins and outs of the trail. And this is just about 160 years ago, ubelieveable. Experience yourself!

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Seattle
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

One of the best historic interpretive centers I have visited. Great dioramas with full size oxen, wagons and people with background sound effects. Sits high on a hill so you get a feel for what the settlers felt and saw when they came into the Baker valley. You can stand in the actual wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Loved the location and the dioramas. Gave a good taste of the Oregon Trail. The folks that traveled this route had a lot of courage. Staff was very good and helpful explaining questions.

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Glenwood Springs
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Both children and adults will like it. The kids can crawl around on the covered wagons, and both kids and adults will learn what our ancestors went through to get to Oregon Country.

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