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Historical and Preservation Society of Pottawattamie County
County Seat Council Bluffs, Iowa
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The Society's "Squirrel Cage Jail Museum will be open throughout the winter. The museum is open for walk-in tours Saturdays 11-4 pm and Sundays 1-4 pm.
65 years ago: a January Fire...
1954 was just three days old when what would prove to be the worst fire of that year destroyed a downtown business. Click on the picture for more details.
Society Mourns Loss of Past President, Life Member
The Historical and Preservation Society of Pottawattamie County was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ralph Wright, past Society president and long time member.
Ralph is remembered as the leader that recognized the importance of the Society acting as responsible stewards of the historical entities in our care. Under his leadership the "Squirrel Cage" jail was meticulously restored; deteriorated and weather bricks and mortar were replaced with materials that duplicated the originals. The building's front door was sent to a lab where 29 coats of paint were carefully removed to reveal what the original 1885 color was. Ralph also served as treasurer of the Society as well as a volunteer for the Friends of the Union Pacific Museum and General Dodge House. Ralph will be dearly missed, but his contributions will be long remembered.