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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Baker City
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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.
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Outstanding. Learn all about the Oregon Trail, and even see the wagon ruts.

Thank ITravelandEat
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

My wife and I had the unique experience of following the wagon train route of my great grandmother who emigrated from Nebraska to Oregon in 1884 at the age of ten. One of her stops (and ours) was in Baker City, Oregon and there we discovered the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. The center is about 8 miles east of I-84 off exit 302. There is ample parking at the center, even for RVs and camping trailers. We pulled a trailer and had no trouble getting there. The center has a number of excellent dioramas depicting what life was like on the trail. In addition, numerous exhibits and other artifacts from the era really add to the enjoyment of visiting the center. Moreover, this is one of several areas across the country where the wagon train ruts are still preserved after a century and a half. It was especially thrilling for me to stand in the actual wagon train ruts where my great grandmother passed by in 1884!

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Reviewed September 29, 2011

I expected more of a museum, despite the term "interpretive" in the name. The setting is spectacular, perched on a hill above the Oregon Trail itself, with a view of mountains (obscured for us due to smoke from forest fires). I learned a lot about the journey the travelers made and also about native life before and after the settlers arrived. It was worthwhile and if I had been able physically, I would have enjoyed walking along the outdoor trails.

Thank cbish777
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We had a wonderful time at this center. The folks working there were helpful and we even happened to go at a time when there was a real wagon train traveling through. A nice ending to a disappointing flea market in Sumpter!

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Reviewed September 14, 2011

This is an excellent interpretive center and includes a chronological "trip" on the Oregon Trail, including a very good series of brief videos of reenactments. I really gained a feel for the incredible hardships of the journey. There are outdoor trails (paved) as well and a piece of original swales from the wagons on the trail. The center itself is lovely with giant windows. It is up high so you can see where the actual trail went. Don't miss this interpretive center, it is really a good one! Also, there is a lot of up to date material, brochures, maps, etc. for other places. This is a national center, so there is a fee, unless you have the National Parks Pass Card.

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