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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper

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The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a 11000sqft interpretive center about several of the National Historic Trails, and is located northwest of Casper, Wyoming on Interstate 25. It is operated through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the City of Casper, and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The center offers interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, and special events.HistoryThe idea for an interpretive center in Casper began with the creation of a small trails committee; eventually this committee became the non-profit, National Historic Trails Center Foundation . In 1992 the Bureau of Land Management joined with the NHTCF to work on the project, committing to pay half of the $10 million estimated cost. The City of Casper donated 10 acres of land for the center's site.In 1994, voters in Casper passed the Optional One Cent Tax, which helped to fund construction of the center's exhibits. The Wyoming State Legislature also passed a bill to help fund the center that same year. By 1997 plans for the center were complete, and a bill, to support construction and operating costs, passed both houses of congress and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.The groundbreaking for construction took place on June 21, 1999 and the center officially opened August 9, 2002.ExhibitsThe center contains several permanent exhibits, and hosts temporary, traveling, exhibits as well.Permanent Exhibits include: The Oregon TrailThe Mormon Pioneer TrailThe California TrailThe Pony Express Trail An entrance fee is required for admission into the center.
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  • Excellent attraction. Lots to do for children and adults presented in a fun and interesting way. The interactive wagon ride fording the river and stagecoach ride across the prairie are highlights. The...  more »
  • We went and had a great time, one of the projectors was broke so it was free. They had really good displays and a treadmill that told how fast you had to walk with your cart to beat the winter snow.  more »
  • This is an awesome place to learn about the people who passed through or stayed in Casper. And the best thing? it's interactive so whether you have children with you or not there's something for every...  more »
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  • This is a very informative museum with great staff. I have been there a few times and highly recommend it. It makes you think about your ancestors and the struggles they endured along the trails.
  • very informative. a must stop for the trial enthusiasts and history buffs a like.
  • Just amazing museum. Very well presented and great interaction. I learned a ton.
  • Best presentation of western migration I've visited.
  • Great for history buffs