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Applegate Trail Interpretive Center
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Owner description: This a pretty cool history museum that much better on the inside than the outside. It would be of interest to travelers on I-5 and also folks staying at the historic Wolf Creek Inn at nearby Wolf Creek, OR.
Portland, OR
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stopped here by accident and the human interaction is what made it so special for us. The man at the front desk was kind, quirky, and full of knowledge about the Applegate Trail. The museum was not great, but good, and it broke our 12 hour trip up. We also met a fascinating neighbor - Mark - that just intrigued us. The gift shop is a little sad, but interesting nonetheless.

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Quirky and informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

We stopped here on a whim during a roadtrip of the left coast. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by a costumed man, Dennis ( whom we've decided he is "a national treasure"), who proceeded to give us a 15 minute lecture about the hazards and history of the Applegate pioneer trail. Upon proceeding into the museum, we were further surprised by the quality and variety of artifacts at this small, private museum.
The covered wagons outside are shocking to see how tiny the space the pioneers had to pack all their worldly possessions into.
Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

Visited September 2013
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A nice detour off the road.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

We saw the sign on the freeway and decided to give it a look. The museum is very well done. They first give a short presentation, then a three screen slide show, then you are on your own to spend as much time as you like. The displays are very well done showing a good representation of what it was like to come west with your covered wagon. Outside there are a number of wagons to see as well as a log building and nearby covered bridge. The admission price was reasonable.

Visited September 2013
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Pleasanton, California
1 review
“Dennis made the experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

You MUST take a detour and visit this museum. We stopped just to check it out and were drawn in by Dennis' presentation and the outstanding array of museum pieces. Our teenagers left totally impressed, as did my wife and I, and we learned a great deal in such a short time. Be sure to ask Dennis how to use the cash register to tell if a silver dollar is real, and thank you Dennis for the gift to our kids. We talked about it all the way back to California...

Visited June 2013
Thank Brian L
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A memory that stay with you.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013 via mobile

This museum was EXCELLENT, the tour operator fitted the scene brilliantly & taught us so much about the early pioneers. He did a wonderful job & the videos & exhibits were great. 10/10 Thank you.

Visited June 2013
Thank Annette M
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