Western Historic Trails Center, Council Bluffs

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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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  • July 24, 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. ...  more »
  • February 14, 2017
    We were delightfully surprised at the extent and quality of the displays of the history of the western movement.  more »
  • October 22, 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 w...  more »
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  • March 12, 2017
    This is our go to place for walking the dog, hiking, playing Pokemon Go, and hopefully finding some morel mushrooms when it gets a bit warmer. The newly remodeled Trails Center has fascinating displays and dioramas of Lewis and Clark's exploration and much more.
  • April 9, 2017
    This is a nice stop. A great spot for a cycling break along the CB rec trails.
  • June 3, 2017
    Very quiet and self explanatory. Beautiful trails
  • December 15, 2016
    Its a good place to go if you want to get outside and walk the trails
  • October 1, 2016
    The center is cool and very informative what is but what is most interesting is the trails and activities that are outside

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