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“Very different - good” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Applegate Trail Interpretive Center

Applegate Trail Interpretive Center
500 Sunny Valley Loop, Sunny Valley, OR
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This a pretty cool history museum that much better on the inside than the outside. It would be of interest to travelers on I-5 and also folks staying at the historic Wolf Creek Inn at nearby Wolf Creek, OR.
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“Very different - good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Dennis was amazing. Almost like going back in time. Made you realise what the original settlers had to go through. A must see if you are close & only a short walk to nice covered bridge. Dennis even explained why covered bridges are covered. Go ask him.

Visited June 2013
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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful little museum dedicated to the history of the Applegate route of the Oregon trail. Nicely presented displays of artifacts and dioramas chronicling the move west, many with sound effects. The guide was very knowledgable and gave me a great overview of the trail. Definitely worth getting off the road for a visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Hidden gem of a museum -- packed full of...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010 via mobile

Hidden gem of a museum -- packed full of genuinely fascinating Oregon Trail memorabilia, professionally presented. Great stop on the I5.

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“Hidden historic gem in Southern Oregon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

If you're driving between Grants Pass and Eugene in Oregon, there's not a heck of a lot to see or do. But if you're ever on that trip and have an hour or two to spare, check out the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center that lies about 1/4-mile to the east of I-5 (Sunny Valley / exit 71).

Sure, the place doesn't look like much from the outside. Nor is it all the impressive as you walk into the combination admission desk and gift shop. But after you pay your few bucks to get in, the exhibit area makes up for it all. The Applegate Trail Interpretive Center is clearly a labor of love. Within a few steps you feel like you've gone from hokey tourist trap to first rate history museum. It's absolutely a must-see for any Old West aficionado.

After you've seen the museum, and if you still have some time to kill, continue the Old West experience with a trip up to the nearby ghost town of Golden, Oregon (http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_259.php). Golden has been restored to some of its former glory through the efforts of Oregon State Parks and is well worth the trip. It's about 3 miles east of the Wolf Creek exit (#76) on the very well maintained and paved Coyote Creek Road (or ask the nice folks at the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center for directions).

Oh -- and just a bit up the road from the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center is a real roadside grave of a Martha Leland Crowley, a young woman ... a mere girl really ... who died on the wagon trip west and was laid to rest under a big oak tree near the Applegate Trail. The Interpretive Center folks can point you towards that too.

And last but not least, on the way up the gravesite, you'll cross the Grave Creek Covered Bridge (http://www.southernoregon.com/sunnyvalley/index.html), one of Oregon's finest landmark structures. (Yes, Grave Creek was named for Martha's grave.)

How much more history can you ask for from the small price of one museum ticket?!?

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