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An important Museum currently underfunded

An excellent and ambitious museum covering all the Overland Trails that were associated with... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Boise, Idaho
Great history stop

We accidentally stumbled on this gem while at a baseball tournament. Lots of history and great... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Omaha, Nebraska
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3434 Richard Downing Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51501-7962
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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

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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
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This place is tucked away in an isolated place and there is no RV parking despite what they may claim. Admission is free (donations encouraged) and this museum uses carved figures, lighted maps, a movie and a self-guided walk with much written explanation to describe...More

Thank texdawg89
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Very interesting place to visit. Tells of Lewis and Clark trip down the Missouri. Has a great trail to walk down to the Muddy Mo! Visitor center is great to see, parking plentiful

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