"Council Bluffs, Iowa" Council Bluffs by Rich62

Council Bluffs Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 38 photos

Cobblestone Church

This is a Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It is made of cobblestones that had been removed from the streets of the neighborhood.

A little known fact: Abraham Lincoln once visited Council Bluffs, and looked across the Missouri River into Nebraska. This is the farthest west that he ever traveled.

War Monument

In the town square is a large area devoted to honoring veterans of past wars. Several nice bronze statues are integrated into the display.


On one side of the town square is the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, housed in this building.

There are three floors of excellent exhibits, and its free!

See my "Things to Do" tips for more photos and information.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Council Bluffs has some interesting areas
  • Cons:Council Bluffs has some really trashy areas
  • In a nutshell:Not my favorite town, but interesting
  • Last visit to Council Bluffs: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Years ago, I had a friend from Omaha who described Council Bluffs as a wild biker town. In your intro, you refer to its trashy areas -- but your tips and photos didn't explore that aspect. Perhaps you'll post more later?


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