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Western Historic Trails Center

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Good displays and models to see here. Parking and entrance are free.

Council Bluffs was a common (or starting) point for California trail, Oregon trail, Mormon trail... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2018
Park Ridge, Illinois
Happy trails to you!

It's worth the confusing trails to their doors. Anyone who pioneer stories and what happens next... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
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3434 Richard Downing Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51501-7962
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Council Bluffs was a common (or starting) point for California trail, Oregon trail, Mormon trail and it also intersects with the Lewis and Clark path. That makes this a logical place for a Historic Trails Center. The two people working here were not very helpful,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

It's worth the confusing trails to their doors. Anyone who pioneer stories and what happens next will have a lot of fun. Be sure to go on Thursday afternoons for some old time music.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank deforestn
Reviewed January 21, 2018

Western Historic Trails was just one of 5 please to see the beginning of the west grow. When you ask TripAdvisor about this town, it grows into a period timeline of how it was the biggest city of the two (Omaha) to the most caring...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

went there on a Thursday in the late afternoon and thought I was at the wrong place because just behind the entrance where about 15 people sitting in a circle playing instruments - mostly guitars and singing.....:-) But somebody from the Center told me that...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank eva1500
Reviewed August 16, 2017

An excellent and ambitious museum covering all the Overland Trails that were associated with Council Bluffs including the Lewis and Clark, Mormon, California and Oregon Trails as well as the Pony Express. It also has extensive grounds (over 400 acres) through which it is possible...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Smilerbriggs
Reviewed July 24, 2017

We accidentally stumbled on this gem while at a baseball tournament. Lots of history and great displays about how the West was discovered. You could spend 2 hours in here. Great for the history buff. Free admission.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank tiffanybrasch
Reviewed February 14, 2017

We were delightfully surprised at the extent and quality of the displays of the history of the western movement.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank mrskemosabe
Reviewed October 22, 2016

Since the people who founded the town where we live were the first successful wagon train to cross the Sierras into California and departed from the Council Bluffs area, and the movie about our town was created with help from the town of Council Bluffs,...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Kathleen J
Reviewed September 16, 2016

This museum describes 4 major trails to the west from the time of Lewis and Clark to more modern times and the conditions along the way. It's a great way to illustrate history to children. There are also some trails behind the museum. We were...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank May F
Reviewed September 10, 2016

I have been to several museums that have exhibits about the Western Trails and this one is about average compared to the others. I stopped here because I had extra time. I followed a one lane one way road to the Center which is well...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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