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Western Historic Trails Center

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Good display

They have created an unique display of all the western trails of early America. They also have an... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2019
Charles P
New Port Richey, Florida
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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little museum that carries a punch. It is a good place to expose children to our western expansion history. Nicely done.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Kuvasz15
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small but very well done, this place was a treat. Through light-up maps, rare old photos and excerpts from personal diaries, the stories of the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and Lewis and Clark trail are told. Go prepared to read. They break the stories into...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 14, 2019

I liked some of the things in the museum and the presentation and that they had to offer. But the service was not good and because they did not tell us anything and they had a remote that does not work and with no A/C...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Kevin A
Reviewed May 23, 2019

They have created an unique display of all the western trails of early America. They also have an unique movie.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Charles P
Reviewed April 25, 2019

I have been visiting around the State to see all of the attractions (have 3 left) on the State Historic Sites Passport (can be obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa or at any of the sites (free) We all had a great visit...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Linda C
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
Thank RobertW2h483MD
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
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