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Historical and Preservation Society of Pottawattamie County
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Council Bluffs-- Where the East Ended
Grapevines flourished in and around Council Bluffs for decades until the great Armistice Day Freeze of 1940s and herbicides of the 1950s caused their demise. The soil of the loess hills and grapevines were too natural a combination to stay apart for very long and today grapes and wineries are once again flourishing in Southwest Iowa.
Learn how events stemming from a steamboat stuck on a sandbar and a chance encounter between an aspiring politician and a young railroad surveyor changed the future of Council Bluffs, the Midwest, the nation and quite possibly the world as Danette Hein-Snider from the Historic General Dodge house and Dr. Richard Warner from the Historical and Preservation Society present "Council Bluffs: Where the East Ended-- and Why." The program will be Wednesday, April 24, 6 pm at the Council Bluffs library. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
The Loess Hills-- a Wine Lover's Dream
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm at Bayliss Hall the Historical and Preservation Society Pottawattamie County presents a history of this industry that was so important to our area and an update as to the current state of the art. The program will be presented by Andy Hrasky of Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery.
The program will be held at Bayliss Hall, 530 First Avenue, just north of Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
Many towns lay claim to be "Where the West Began." That may be subject to debate but in Council Bluffs we're confident where the east ended-- it was right here!
Council Bluffs women were military trendsetters. Local nurses were the first females ever permitted in a war zone as a part of Mobile Hospital #1 in World War I. A Council Bluffs woman was the second in the nation to enlist in the WAVES, and the first WAC unit trained in Iowa.