The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County

General Grenville M. Dodge is the likely the most well known Council Bluffs citizen of all time. His name is so commonplace there's a tendency to take him for granted. But his impact almost can't be overstated.

If it wasn't for Grenville Dodge, the Omaha/Council Bluffs would be different. A whole lot different. Some have speculated our combined population might be around 15,000 rather approaching a million.

It was all about the railroads, and it it wasn't for Dodge they wouldn't have come here to the extent they did. Some was intentional, some fortuitous, but it doesn't really matter: the railroads came. He also donated land to Fairmount Park, got us our Carnegie library, and even procured that horse watering trough that's now in the Haymarket area (though was on Broadway originally).

Dodge was important to Council Bluffs, but his influence extends far beyond that: if nothing else, Dodge was why the Union won the Battle of Pea Ridge in the Civil War.

Historical Society member and Dodge resaercher Robert Svacina put together a video that is a short biography of this great American with insights as to his role in the Civil War.

Visit the General’s beautifully restored home in Council Bluffs and learn more about him and his family.

Historic General Dodge House

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Historical Society of Pottawattamie County


Council Bluffs, Iowa