The next sites were close together near the Fairview Cemetery on Lafayette and North Second Street in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This is the same cemetery that has Amelia Bloomer’s grave. When she was starting to enter her final decline, Ruth Ann Dodge (Mrs. Grenville Dodge) had a vision of an angel offering her the elixir of life. After her death, her daughters commissioned Daniel Chester French (of Lincoln Memorial fame) to create a statue of a black angel in honor of the vision. It was put on one edge of Fairview Cemetery, although Mrs. Dodge was interned in a different cemetery. (Why they didn’t put it near her grave? I have no idea.)
Just past the other end of the cemetery, near a striking overlook is the large stone that is Lincoln’s Council Bluffs memorial.
The marker is to memorialize all of Abraham Lincoln’s various connections with the city and the railroad. The area around it has be re-done several times and at some point an eternal flame, whose shaft is still part of the site, was allowed to go out. That’s always a sad thought. People are always so proud to start those eternal flames, but just how eternal are they?
Last Updated January 22, 2016: I made the photos bigger and added the current signature block.
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