Nothing is really lost until it's forgotten. Keeping the past alive is our business.

Let the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County help you discover...or remember!

YouTube History Highlights.

In a rush? Explore the rich heritage of the Council Bluffs metro area in five minutes or less with History Happened Here and History Highlights, both regular features on our YouTube channel.

Learn on the Go.

Slip your ear buds on and tune in our podcast series, Accidentally Historic. The fifteen to thirty minute features bring you local history experts that you can listen to as you walk, jog, do housework, or just lay back on the couch!

History Online.

Easy-to-read brief overviews of many metro area memorable moments, from the UFO Crash at Big Lake Park to the history of Lake Manawa, Fairmount Park, Crystal Pool, the first Army MASH unit, and the “biggest robbery in the history of the world!"

Visit the Biggest “Lazy Susan” Jail Ever Built.

Visit a one-of-a kind 19th Century engineering marvel in which a jailer didn’t have to walk to his prisoners… he could bring them to him, just by turning a hand crank. Despite outcries it was inhuman and being condemned multiple times, this odd place served as the Pottawattamie County Jail for 84 years!

Curious about ghosts?

There’s no shortage of poltergeists in Pottawattamie County.

Enjoy Photos and Memories on the Society’s Facebook Page.

”Like” and “Follow” the Historical Society’s Facebook page Council Bluffs Revealed for photos and tales from the archives. It’s a great place to share memories and historical tidbits and tales with others.

NEW! Now From the Archives Straight to Your Inbox.

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