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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  • Don't miss the wagon ride! Expect to spend a couple of entertaining hours, and at the end you'll probably also want to spend some cash at the souvenir shop, which has a very nice variety of unusual it...  more »
  • Not only is this a hands-on museum replete with enough displays to keep a pack of kids interested for a long time, but it boasts one of Natrona County's the finest views from its southern rampart. One...  more »
  • if you have any interest whatsoever in the astonishing story of how people moved east to west 150 years ago then this is a must. the story is well told with each area describing a period in time with ...  more »
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  • EXCELLENT MUSEUM!!! Lots of interactive exhibits which makes it interesting to young and old alike, while still being very informative. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • Fantastic center. They do a great job presenting the history of the "trail movement" to the west. Stop here first, then explore Casper, WY. You won't be disappointed. P.S. We were in Casper for the 2017 eclipse and they were wonderfully organized for the large influx of tourists. I definitely plan to eventually return and explore further.
  • I helped build the place. Very enjoyable for the family. A definite must see.
  • Best place I have visited to learn about the overland pioneers of the Mid 19th century. I found the wagon river-crossing simulator quite fun. For how much info and displays they have, there free admission is a great deal. You could spend a morning afternoon or evening at this place.
  • a wonderful place to stop. outdoor exhibits, indoor interpretive displays, very friendly guides and a good view of Casper. Kids, adults, whomever, all should stop and spend time here.

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