2,000 Miles of Adventure

Between 1841 and 1869, up to 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. Learn the stories of the pioneers who endured the 2,000 mile trek; some seeking land, some gold, others seeking adventure, and some for reasons we may never know. Discover in their words 2,000 miles of adventure.


California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

Few periods of U.S. history evoke a sense of adventure and excitement like the California Gold Rush, and you can […]

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An 1816 map of the United States, along with nearby British and Spanish possesions.

Temporary Exhibit: Whose Land Is This?

Pictured above: An 1816 map of the United States, along with nearby British and Spanish possessions.   On display from […]

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Pony Express

Pony Express

The Pony Express is a fascinating part of the history of the American West, and you can learn more about […]

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The Mormon Trail

The Mormon Trail

Learn about the Mormon Trail at the California Trail Interpretive Center. This journey for the Mormon immigrants began in 1846 […]

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Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff

At the California Trail Interpretive Center you can learn about Scotts Bluff, one of the most famous California Trail landmarks […]

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Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains are an important historical and national conservation area approximately 30 miles east of the California Trail Interpretive […]

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