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

Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed 13 August 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.

Thank deforestn
Reviewed 22 January 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

1  Thank boatlvr13
Reviewed 13 October 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

Thank eva1500
Reviewed 17 August 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

1  Thank Smilerbriggs
Reviewed 24 July 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.

Thank tiffanybrasch
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

Thank mrskemosabe
Reviewed 23 October 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

Thank Kathleen J
Reviewed 16 September 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

Thank May F
Reviewed 11 September 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

1  Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
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