Crawl inside the Conestoga Wagon Ride to attempt to cross the North Platte River. This bouncing, raucous ride will give you a glimpse into just how difficult it was and why so many lives were lost during this dangerous task. Watch Footsteps to the Past, the museum’s acclaimed video based on pioneers’ diary entries with outstanding reenactments, then read journal entries and imagine the struggle and hope these individuals faced daily. Try your hand at pulling the Mormon Handcart (warm up first) or send a message through the simulated Pony Express.
After you’ve learned about all of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles pioneers faced and the incredible journey they made, its time to insert yourself into the narrative. Ask a friendly staff member about Casper’s other historical sites including Independence Rock, Fort Caspar and Martin’s Cove.