UPDATE: This is no longer Lincoln’s Bicentennial year and the temporary exhibits are closed. There is still a lot of great Dodge and Lincoln information around Council Bluffs. Mostly for the update I’ve added current websites to some of the places I mentioned.
Gen. Dodge House
When I visited Council Bluffs for the first time I was really surprised by how many railroad connected sites there are around town. Council Bluffs was chosen by Abraham Lincoln himself to be the starting point of the Transcontinental Railroad.
At the top of the city is the General Grenville Dodge House. The house was quite elaborate and showing how well Dodge did becoming a self-made man with the army, the railroad, and his various investment businesses around town. Dodge first came to Council Bluffs when he was 21 and it was his base of
Dodge in Close Up
operations for the rest of his life. A powerful general in the army during the Civil War, Dodge was chosen as chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad. His engineering and leadership skills led him to almost single handily drive the construction of the eastern part of…
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