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County Seat Council Bluffs, Iowa


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100 Years Ago "The Council Bluffs Unit" Changed the Course of Battlefield Medicine.

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85 years ago roads into Council Bluffs were blocked, a mob descended on the "Squirrel Cage"  Jail, and the Sheriff ordered his deputies to shoot to kill.  Read the story in History Online.

Fall Program Series...

Sunday, October 29- "Wicked Omaha"


The scent of opium wafted through saloon doors, while prostitutes openly solicited customers, and gambling flourished openly.  Join historian and author Ryan Roenfeld for a stroll along the seamier side of the metro area's past Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m. at Bayliss Park Hall, 530 First Avenue, on the north side of Bayliss Park.  There is no charge and the public is invited.

Saturday, October 14- "The Mill on Mosquito Creek"


180 years ago Potawatomi Chief Sauganash (Billy Caldwell) led a group of Native Americans to a new home in Iowa that would later become the county bearing their name. They built southwest Iowa’s first saw and grist mill, traces of which can still be seen. Historian and author Mary Lou McGinn will tell the story of the mill, its discovery, and the fascinating tale of the diplomatic and well-educated indian chief who shaped the early days of what is now Council Bluffs.  The program will be Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m. at the Council Bluffs library.  There is no charge and the public is invited.

See the "Squirrel Cage" Jail in a different light...

The Historical Society is offering special October Flashlight Tours of the 1885 rotary cell jail, 226 Pearl Street, in Council Bluffs, two more nights only!

On October 27 and 28 tours start at 6 pm with the last tour beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, $7 in advance, and $7 for Historical Society members.  Call (712) 323-2509 or come to the jail (226 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs) for tickets.