Wheels Across the Prairie Museum

Wheels Across the Prairie Museum, Tracy: Address, Phone Number, Wheels Across the Prairie Museum Reviews: 4/5

Wheels Across the Prairie Museum

Wheels Across the Prairie Museum
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Information and relics of the Chicago and North Western Railroad are featured including a restored four-unit freight train, turn-of-the-century boxcar and caboose.
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Steven S
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota1,005 contributions
several buildings to explore
Jul 2020
The museum is only a few blocks away from the Wilder Inn motel. I found the Norwegian house one of the most interesting building with a nice mural and elaborately decorated door. There is lots of railroad memorabilia along with a lot of miscellaneous artifacts. The mannequins in the depot help visitors imagine what it was like when trains stopped in town. Some of the artifacts appear to be placed randomly without any organization.
Written 2 August 2020
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FellowTraveler771278
Saint Paul, MN10 contributions
interesting local history
Sep 2019
interesting medium sized museum of local history with several historic buildings and an old train. nicer now that the main museum building has AC.
Written 6 October 2019
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hd452016
Tulsa, OK4,035 contributions
Piece of Railroad History
Aug 2019
The Wheels Museum is a neat place to stop and view the train and museum pieces. The rail service was the Chicago and North Western Railroad. There is a four-unit freight train that has been restored. It is nice to be able to get closeup to the train cars.
Written 24 August 2019
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rchluth
Ona, WV52 contributions
Interesting but weird
Jul 2019
I had been here 10 years ago with my 3 and 7 year old. Their favorite memory was all of the cool mannequins (they called them fake people) and they were so excited to try to recreate all the photos! Price is great at only $6 each, and there are a lot of really interesting old buildings. However after we paid admission we were told it is now a 3-4 hour guided tour. So we stayed as long as we could, as we had to be somewhere that evening. The tour itself was also very odd. Parts of it informative and neat story telling, but sometimes our guide just went off on weird tangents. But it was worth the stop, and the girls, now 13 and 17, did find lots of fake people to pretend with. And when we said we had to leave, the guide did say we could peek in all of the other cool buildings on our way out.
Written 17 August 2019
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Pa T
Wisconsin Rapids30 contributions
Educational place to admire
Jul 2019 • Family
Went to the town for a funeral. We had some young adults, kids and couples who needed to explore before we headed out home. It was a hot day so we think it contributed to the mold smell of the tiny village buildings. However, it was very fun to bring my daughter (age 6) because she got to see further back on how people lived. She asked questions about every building that we went through. We spent a good hour and 30 minutes. There is also a small train for kids to ride on but the 6 adults that we had went on the train ride too. The train ride is free when you pay for admission, $6 for 13yrs and older, $2 for 12yrs and under. A tour guide is also part of the admission but you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to. They give you an option.
Written 26 July 2019
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Cindy W
Rapid City, SD52 contributions
Went with a friend!
Oct 2017 • Friends
I went with a friend there! There was a train and builds there! We did not have time to look at all the things but things I saw there saw interesting! I would back to see more things there! ;)
Written 10 October 2017
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dunkirk1949
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN12 contributions
great for local history
Sep 2017 • Solo
fun and interesting museum barn and out -buildings and boxcar. (TRACY HAS THE WORLDS ONLY BOXCAR FESTIVAL) thanks for putting in the ac a few years ago.
Written 7 October 2017
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Dee B
Prior Lake, MN25 contributions
We decided to check it out
Aug 2015 • Couples
There are plenty of things to view besides trains. There are several older buildings furnished in the style of their day as well as several local artifacts on display. We spent about an hour going through everything. If you are interested in history and happen to also like trains this is the stop for you. Kiddie train rides are also available. Admission was $6 per person for adults. I might have felt better if it was lower, but I am sure it costs a fair amount of change to cool the big main building so probably $$ well spent.

Written 16 August 2015
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Beth M
13 contributions
Beautifully done museum!
Aug 2015 • Family
This was well worth the visit! They have lots of different buildings which are fully furnished with period pieces that were beautifully preserved and organized. We silk especially enjoyed the mini train ride.
Written 9 August 2015
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AngelaBoone
Tampa, FL64 contributions
Not a driveby!
Jul 2014 • Family
The big steam engine caught our attention as we drove through Tracy, and we made a mental note to go back and take some pictures at some point during the weekend. When we returned, the museum was closed so we did our photos, but I noticed several buildings in back that looked interesting.

We returned on Sunday and did a full fledged visit at the museum. What a joy! It is hard to know by driving by the wealth of memorabilia and treasures at this place. It was absolutely fascinating and one of the best local museums I have ever been to! If you are interested in history and prairie living, this is a must see.

It also doesn't hurt that the owner (is that what they are, if it's a museum?) was present and not only took my daughter on a couple fun little train rides, but spent lots of time talking with us and was a sheer pleasure of a person to meet and chat with. He was incredibly friendly and joyful to be around and it really was a great visit on a historic and a personal level.

I HIGHLY recommend stopping by this museum and setting aside more time than you think you might need... there is a lot to see here!! I'm so glad we came back for the full experience.
Written 28 July 2014
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