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Western Historic Trails Center, Council Bluffs
(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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  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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...  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 ...  more »
  • The center is cool and very informative what is but what is most interesting is the trails and activities that are outside
  • 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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