Council Bluffs

a city in SW Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha, Neb. 56,449.

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      city, seat (1851) of Pottawattamie county, southwestern Iowa, U.S., on the Missouri River across from Omaha, Nebraska. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed there in 1804 and held consultations with the Oto and Missouri Indians at a place called Council Hill or Council Bluff; a monument commemorates this meeting. Several trading posts were established at the original site against the bluffs along the riverbank, which was settled by Mormons (Mormon) in 1846 and was variously called Miller's Hollow and Council Point. In 1848 it was renamed Kanesville to honour Colonel Thomas Kane, who had aided the Mormons in their migrations.

      During the Mormon period the town flourished as a stopping place for west-bound gold seekers. After the Mormons left for Utah, the name was changed to Council Bluffs at its incorporation in 1853. Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln, Abraham) met in Council Bluffs with railroad engineer Grenville Mellen Dodge (Dodge, Grenville Mellen) in 1859, and after becoming president he designated the city as the eastern terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad; the event is commemorated by a granite monument. The first railroad reached the city in 1862, and by 1870 five rail lines had converged there.

      The city is still a major transportation hub. There is some industry (cast-iron pipe, processed foods), and casino gambling is now an important component of the economy. Iowa Western Community College-Council Bluffs Campus opened in 1966. Grenville Dodge's restored Victorian-style home (1869) is open for tours. Lake Manawa State Park is in the southern part of the city. Pop. (1990) 54,315; (2000) 58,268.

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