Historical Society of Pottawttamie County, Iowa

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Exploring and preserving the tales of real people and real life right here where we live.  Some good, some bad, and some very stange.

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Fall Program series...

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 bear 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,  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.  No admission fee..

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.