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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

1501 North Poplar Street, Casper, WY
307-261-7700
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Casper
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nice clean facility, with a great location that looks over the city, positioned closely to the four trails. Film narrated by Wilford Brimley was excellent, as was the mechanical/filmed stage coach ride, filmed by Bessemer bend near the original (1st) cabin built in the state. Very knowledgable staff. Would be a great start for anyone headed west to independence rock,... More

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Detroit
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

An excellent experience. Great exhibits. They even have a "ride" that is a simulation of a river crossing in a wagon! Don't miss the movie!

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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This site (not a museum) is located within yards of the actual routes taken by settlers and fortune seekers of the 1840 - 1860s. Reminds us of their reasons for heading west, difficulties encountered and the vast numbers of people who made the trip. Then the railroad was built and overnight the need for Trails evaporated. Turned from a 6... More

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montana
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178 reviews 178 reviews
54 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The displays were very well done. It helped to see the artifacts and time lines so well interwoven. A very nice, modern and clean facility.

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Valrico, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My family and I enjoyed our stop at the National Historic Trail museum. Excellent exhibits. This is a small museum but it sure packs a lot inside it's walls. We enjoyed the presentation about the pioneers, the wagon ride across the Platte River, and the stage coach experience. We learned some interesting information about the Poney Express and about the... More

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were heading west towards Grand Teton National and spent 1 night in Casper, WY. We had a few hours to kill and noticed that this National Historic Trails Interpretive Center was just up the street from our hotel (Hampton Inn) and dropped in. What a pleasant and tremendous surprise. This was very informative. Exhibits were very well done especially... More

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Mosinee, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This museum was an unexpected gem! It was a good mix of information and interactive exhibits that highlighted the importance of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails along with the Pony Express. Although I knew about all of these routes, I was unaware that the Casper area was an important confluence. This was a wonderful chance to learn a little... More

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Fremont, California
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368 attraction reviews
692 helpful votes 692 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were in Casper and enjoyed going to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. The museum is so nice with a wonderful view of Casper and the nearby mountains. The trails museum is so interesting - very well done. Quite interesting and enjoyable. The morning we were there (June 2014) the Pony Express National Organization was doing their annual horse... More

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Dallas, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

To begin your visit, you watch a little film that is very well done. It gives you an overview of how the emigrants migrated along the trails. There are several life-like exhibits displaying the life of the emigrants. There is a little section that explains the pony express as well as the telegraph. There is also a ox-drawn wagon you... More

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Casper, Wyoming, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a must do when in Casper it is an interactive museum, it takes you back to the early pioneer days and travel across the high plains desert for the Mormon, Bozeman and Oregon trails. You get the whole experience.

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