Sit around a campfire within a pioneer wagon encampment

"Travelin' West" Interpretative Exhibits

THE MOST FUN YOU'LL HAVE EXPERIENCING HISTORY

We put you in the action!

You become part of a pioneer wagon company headed West so get ready to take a 2,000 mile journey along the Oregon/California Trail - in just one hour!

    1. Experience a simulated pioneer trek along the Oregon Trail
    2. Buy provisions at a gun shop and merchantile store
    3. Be guided by our wagon master and live pioneer actors in period costume
    4. Ride in a computer-simulated covered wagon
    5. Sit around a campfire within a pioneer wagon encampment
    6. Learn about Oregon Trail pioneer folkways
    7. Do all this in the comfort of our spacious Trail Center.
A Pioneer woman with a lantern at the Oregon Trail Center

Our Wagon Master and Pioneer Actors will greet you as you embark on your Imaginary Journey into the Pioneer Era of 1842-1869.

"Do you all have the necessary provisions before we get started?", the wagon master asks. Instead of modern day cameras and walking shoes, he'll want his pioneers to think with historical focus. For this journey will require a strong wagon, four to six oxen, two sets of clothes, a milk cow and chickens, shotgun or rifle, axle grease, candles, a butter churn. As emigrants traveling the trail you'll need such food supplies as flour, bacon, beans, coffee, hardtack, vinegar, and yeast powder. To survive you must take six months' worth of supplies.

Before your trek, you'll stop at a gun shop and merchantile store to learn what supplies you need to stock your wagon. From this unique experience you will learn and feel what it must have been like to be a pioneer emigrant traveling the long and dusty trail to Oregon or California. You'll make life and death decisions regarding your survivability on the trail.

You'll purchase your supplies for your trek west here in our merchantile store re-enactment area.

The Mercantile in the Trail Center
Inside of the Mercantile in the Trail Center
Our wagonmaster will help you select what to take  on your wagon trek West

Our wagonmaster will help you select what to take on your wagon trek West. He'll help you avoid many difficulties and dangers.

Enjoying a song in front of the Merchantile before the journey

Enjoying a song in front of the Merchantile before the journey

See how supplies are loaded into wagons for a western journey

You'll see how supplies are loaded into wagons for your western journey.

Blacksmith's wagon in the Clover Creek Encampment

Blacksmith's wagon in the Clover Creek Encampment

Our pioneer and wagon master guides will entertain and inform you about life on the trail.

Our pioneer and wagon master guides will entertain and inform you about life on the trail.

Our interpretive sets were created with historical authenticity to make your simulated trek along the Oregon/California Trail a fun, educational experience.

Our interpretive sets were created with historical authenticity to make your simulated trek along the Oregon/California Trail a fun, educational experience.