One of my favorite stops in Council Bluffs was the recently redone Bayliss Park. Bayliss Park is surrounded by Railroad sites and businesses that used to do business with the railroad. The official Union Pacific Museum is housed in the former Carnegie Library Building which runs along one side of the park. This Union Pacific Museum is the most interesting railroad site today.
Council Bluffs is known for its famous black squirrels. It’s a color variation on the common fox squirrel. Council Bluffs is so proud of its black squirrels there is a city ordinance protecting them from being bothered. I’ve included a photo of the real thing and the giant statues of black squirrels that surround the fountain in Bayliss Park.
UPDATED February 17, 2017: I enlarge the photos and added links describing the squirrel “breed” and the city ordinance. I also added my current signature block.
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