California Trail

Many feeder branches of emigrant trails crossed the states of Iowa and Missouri.

The California Trail of about 3000 miles began near Kanesville, later named Council Bluffs, and Omaha, Nebraska.  Sections of the trail were discovered and developed by American Fur Traders like Kit Carson and Jebediah Smith.

To retrace a portion of the California Trail:

Getting across the Missouri River became easier mid-19th century by using steamboats and ferries to the Nebraska side of the river.

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Follow this trail to determine the best burger and your favorite brew.

Mormon Trail

Explore the route traveled by 70,000 Mormons from 1846 to 1869.

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Commemorate the first trans-continental highway as you follow this trail.

Stars and Bronze Tribute Trail

Pay tribute to the “Eagles of Honor”, the Freedom Rock, and other projects to Honor veterans and other public figures.

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What does an angel of death, a round jail, a spider,and goat yoga have in common?

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