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Applegate Trail Interpretive Center

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Address: 500 Sunny Valley Loop, Sunny Valley, OR 97497-9746
10:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 16:30

This a pretty cool history museum that much better on the inside than the...

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.

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Well worth a visit!

Are you one of those travelers who zips down the highway from Point A to B, without taking the time to check out some of the small, roadside attractions? Well don't be! You... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Are you one of those travelers who zips down the highway from Point A to B, without taking the time to check out some of the small, roadside attractions? Well don't be! You would miss out on so many neat things, like this little family-operated museum, which is open Thursdays - Sundays during the warm weather. It is well sign-posted... More 

Thank Leebot
Oakland, California
1 review
Reviewed 31 July 2016

I was ready to pull off the 5 for a nap, and instead I dropped in to this privately run museum. I really made the right choice! I was lucky to be there when the proprietor, who told me she financed the museum years ago by mortgaging her ranch, was there and happy to take me around. Very moving and... More 

Thank janetR7281PV
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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 July 2016

You pull up and it looks abandoned on the outside, with an oldtimer sitting out front. I thought to myself, is this worth going in?? Well was I wrong, the old guy turned out to be ninety one and a descendant of the original homesteaders. He was full of stories and we sat on the benches out front and got... More 

Thank Bigway43
Southern California
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75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The brown freeway signs of historical sites are often just driven past. Well If you ever wanted to stop at one, this is the one. The staff was very informative and the movie about the Applegate Trail was very good. The display items really take you back to hard times of what the settlers endured. You get a real understanding... More 

Thank Ron K
Grants Pass, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent museum that tells the history of the Applegates and their trek across the country, as well as this part of Oregon. It houses a large collection of artifacts, as well as a museum quality screening room with a short video that tells the story. The proprietor is from a local family, but also had work history... More 

Thank Jw550
San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Driving along I-5, a sign on the freeway for a covered bridge caught my eye. Thinking this would be a nice rest spot, I pulled off for some time off the road. Right next to the bridge, the authentically "western" facade, complete with covered wagons, of the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center greeted us as we came around a bend in... More 

1 Thank Cliff M
Kirkland, Washington
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

This small museum is a bit eccentric but in a charming way. The hosts make you feel right at home and are so obviously full of pride in their collection that it's impossible not to be affected by their enthusiasm. They are very knowledgeable and we learned all sorts of things from the mundane (ox shoes aren't the same as... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

Unfortunately, I only briefly visited the lobby of this attraction though I was really interested in the Applegate Trail. When I heard no interior photographs are allowed, even without flash, and even by travel writers which I am, I decided not to go through the exhibits. Their reason is they wanted to protect their collection yet they have photographs on... More 

Thank Nan M
Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

Excellent place to visit to learn about our state's historical roots. Great interpretive movie and displays.

1 Thank RoasterRick
San Diego, California
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181 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

This historical Interpretive Center is the most well-done museum in southern Oregon! It's a private museum, willingly shared with the public and I'm struck by the detail, artifacts and displays, all numerous and well done. They even have discards (an iron cook stove!) from the Applegate Trail pioneers, who struggled to get wagons over nearby Sexton Mountain with worn-out animals... More 

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