National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Oregon

(541) 523-1843

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Overview

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. Living history is used to literally bring to life aspects of the Trail experience. Presenters create factual and emotional perspectives of the era by using historically accurate words, music, songs, costuming, and props. In addition to an outdoor pioneer wagon encampment and a mining site, the 150 seat Leo Adler theater provides a "front row seat" to live history as the site of living history presentations and other educational programs.

This Center dramatically tells the story of the hopes, dreams, joys, and heartaches of Oregon Trail-era pioneers. A visit to the Center provides a unique opportunity to walk through a wagon train, join a group of emigrants as they cross the frontier, and experience history come to life. The center is always offering new and seasonal events, so be sure to visit the center again and again.

Map of Nat'l Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Latitude, Longitude: 44.814780, -117.728610

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Activities

  • Hiking

    An outdoor trail system provides four miles of hiking to see scenic vistas of the Blue Mountains, the Wallowa Mountains, and the Baker Valley and Virtue Flat, where the original route of the Oregon Trail can be clearly seen from atop Flagstaff Hill. Visitors may take one of the hiking trails down to the Oregon Trail, and walk in the actual ruts made by the pioneers.

  • Historic Sites

    Visitors can learn, and have fun at the same time, by joining the living history characters at the Center's wagon encampment and lode mine site. On most weekends throughout the summer season, Center staff and volunteers portray pioneers and demonstrate pioneer ways of life, crafts, cooking, gold panning, and other activities that allow visitors a glimpse back in time.

    Three to four circulating exhibits are offered each year in the Center's 1,500-square foot Flagstaff Gallery. Produced by Center staff or arranged through rental or loan from other institutions, these quality exhibits focus more closely on various aspects of the Center's themes.

Seasonality/Weather

The center is open daily except Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April - October, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., November - March.

Directions

Driving

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon, on Highway 86, Exit 302 from Interstate 84. The center is 125 miles northwest of Boise, and 95 miles southeast of Pendlelton. The driveway is marked with a large sign.

Phone Numbers

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(541) 523-1843

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