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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  • went there on a Thursday in the late afternoon and thought I was at the wrong place because just behind the entrance where about 15 people sitting in a circle playing instruments - mostly guitars and ...  more »
  • An excellent and ambitious museum covering all the Overland Trails that were associated with Council Bluffs including the Lewis and Clark, Mormon, California and Oregon Trails as well as the Pony Expr...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • This is a nice stop. A great spot for a cycling break along the CB rec trails.
  • Very quiet and self explanatory. Beautiful trails
  • Its a good place to go if you want to get outside and walk the trails
  • 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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