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Western Historic Trails Center, Council Bluffs

Categories: History Museums, Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Follow in the footsteps of early pioneers in Iowa to see what they saw on their adventures on the best-known trails in history. Enjoy exhibits, maps, films, and family-friendly events at the Lied Historical Building on the Path of Names, designed and built by the National Park Service.

The Western Historic Trails Center is owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
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  • 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 a...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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 mov...  read more »
  • This is a great museum for this area in the past. It has a very nice interior. Then over the river levee is a forested area with a lake that has some walking and bike trails.
  • This is a museum that is long on history but short on artifacts. As a history buff, I thought that the museum was interesting enough to justify a visit. Various aspects of westward expansion were considered with a rather unusual format--small sculptures are used to create scenes, each of which is augmented by placards describing the scenes and containing quotes from those people (e.g. Lewis and Clark) who lived at that time and were involved in that aspect of our nation's history. Now this is okay if you have the patience to do a lot of reading; if not, then this museum might not be for you.
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