Black Squirrels

Looking for the black squirrels.

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Black Squirrel of Council Bluffs Black Squirrel of Council Bluffs

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.

Black Squirrel Statues Black Squirrel Statues

UPDATED February 17, 2017: I enlarge the photos and added links describing the squirrel “breed” and the city ordinance…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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