Railroad Days 2009

605 Third Street, Council Bluffs, IA
(712) 322-2406

Perhaps one of Council Bluffs’ most famous residents, General Grenville M. Dodge has been called “the greatest railroad builder of all time,” having surveyed over 100,000 miles of line. A Civil War veteran, Dodge’s involvement in political, financial, and military affairs made him an associate of many of the most influential Americans of his time and counsel to presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. In 1869, Dodge built his handsome Victorian home at 605 Third Street at the cost of $35,000, a lavish sum for the day. The fourteen-room, three-story mansion stands on a high terrace overlooking the Missouri Valley and features many marvels of innovations, from running water to central heating and plumbing. Dodge’s home retains original woodwork and many antiques amid beautiful Victorian décor.