The Western Historic Trails Center was initially developed by the National Park Service to interpret four major historic trails that branched off from the Council Bluffs area: the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, the Oregon Trail and the California Trail. Pioneers began traveling through what is now Council Bluffs in the 1840s on their way to new lives in the relatively unknown land west of the Missouri River. By 1853, Council Bluffs was a major intersection in the western migration.
- State Historic Site History
- Lewis and Clark Expedition Map: This map commemorates the 200th anniversary of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States of America.
| + Crossword Puzzle
+ Goldie at Home Activity
+ Video: Western Historic Trails Center Welcome Video
+ Video: Mountain Man Days 2012
+ Lewis and Clark: Interactive Map
+ The Goldfinch: Early Explorers