The country revolved around railroads.  Council Bluffs had them.

But our tale isn't just about steel rails and flanged wheels: it's about creation of the West.


The RailsWest Museum tells that story.

CLOSED December 24 and 25, OPEN December 31 and January 1 regular hours.

Hours: Saturdays 11-4, Sundays 1-4.


Historical Society of Pottawattamie County members: Free

Adults: $10.00; Seniors (60 and over) and students: $8.00

Ages 6 - 18: $5.00; Ages 5 and under free.

RAILROAD DAYS September 24!

Railroad days is September 24! Tour the magnificent home of great railroad builder Grenville Dodge. See railroad artifacts at RailsWest. Discover American History through the lens of the railroad at the spectacular Union Pacific Museum. Then come to PACE/Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center for the things they didn't tell you. A "misplaced" presidential executive order? A totally bogus census?  A brawl at a legislative meeting? When if comes to railroads, Council Bluffs put the "C" in Chicanery. Join Richard Warner from the Historical Society at PACE, 1001 South 6th Street, 2 pm, Saturday, September 24, for "Railroad Days: The Rest of the Story." There is no admission charge.

RailsWest Museum.

The 1899 depot was built for the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific RailRoad and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rail Car Display.

Here’s your chance to exerpience real rolling stock up close and personal. Reach out and touch a club car, engines, railway post office, and cabooses.

Model Railroad.

Get a bird’s eye view of Council Bluffs’ bustling rail yards as model trains depict the city’s train system, complete with roundhouses and switching.

Interact with other Rail Fans on the Society’s Facebook Page.

”Like” and “Follow” the Historical Society’s railroad Facebook page for photos and tales from the archives. It’s a great place to share memories and historical tidbits and tales with others and stay up-to-date with happenings at the museum.

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