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Take a step back in time by visiting the End of the Oregon Trail and taking a virtual Overland Tour, to experience what pioneers experienced.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Step back into pioneer days by taking an Overland Tour at the End of the Oregon Trail this summer. You can have a self-guided or guided tour, both are fun for all ages.

The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering guided outdoor Overland Tours through Aug. 31 at the center, located at 1726 Washington St., in Oregon City.

The tour lasts 1 1/2 hours, and allows visitors to walk in pioneers' footsteps in an outdoor guided tour that features educational activities about wagon packing, prairie wildlife and frontier camping.

Tours start at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tour admission is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and youth ages 13-18, $8 for children ages 4 through 12 and children age 3 and under are admitted free, as well as active military personnel with ID.

Visitors can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the interactive exhibits, view a feature film and pioneer crafts inside the center. The indoor exhibit also takes about 1 1/2 hours to view, but visitors are welcome to stay longer.

Those wishing to experience both the indoor and outdoor exhibits receive a 50% discount on one of the tickets, making adult admission $19.50, senior and youth admission $13.50, children $12. Visitors wishing to view both exhibits must start the tours by 2 p.m.

The last admission to the interpretive center is at 4 p.m.

The visitor center at the End of the Oregon Trail offers displays on the Oregon Trail and Clackamas County history. Also available for viewing is the feature film "Bound for Oregon," and genealogy assistance for descendants of pioneers and interactive exhibits that include period games and crafts like candle dipping and making rag dolls. Visitors can pack a wagon, dress like a pioneer, make butter and fill out a land claim. Outside the interpretive center visitors can enjoy the heritage garden and Abernethy Green with pioneer lawn games.

The mission of the End of the Oregon Trail is to preserve the heritage, educate the public and interpret the history of the Oregon Territory, Clackamas County and Oregon City, the Western Terminus of the Oregon Trail.

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— The Review, Tidings

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