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Visitors to Oregon City once again can relive the Oregon Trail experience after the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., reopened with new interactive exhibits designed to appeal to all ages.

New programs at the interpretive center include an upgraded feature film, “Bound for Oregon,” interactive spaces in the exhibit halls featuring tablets, iPad-style voting terminals, and hands-on programs. Visitors will learn about the story of the Oregon Trail, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Pioneer Heritage Garden.

New outdoor signage features QR codes for smartphone users to explore more history and local attractions even when the museum is closed, as well as a TV information center and boards with Oregon City, Clackamas County and Western Oregon maps for travelers. New site maps direct people to the actual monument, pioneer gardens and other points of interest at the official End of the Oregon Trail.

In-kind support from Higgins Signs has enabled Historic Oregon City to develop the map boards. Fundraising efforts attracted $116,650 in support of an “Expansion of the official End of the Oregon Trail” project.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Oregon State/Mt. Hood Territory Visitor Center is at 1726 Washington St., Oregon City.“We extend sincere thanks to our grantors, volunteers, staff, supporters, Clackamas County Master Gardeners and partners, including the city of Oregon City, Clackamas County Tourism (Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory), Travel Oregon and The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde,” said Development Coordinator Kristin Krahmer.

Visitors can relax after touring the exhibits in a newly renovated Visitor Information Center, which includes a children’s activity center and visitor research lounge with Wi-Fi for travel planning via laptop. An indoor Country Store sells local products, including books written by local authors.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde exhibit and activities in the Visitor Center are free. Admission for hands-on programs during August is $5, children under 3 are free.

Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The last tour of the day is at 4 p.m.

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