Railroad Days 2009
605 Third Street, Council Bluffs, IA
(712) 322-2406

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 General, 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, with five presidents spending time in his home.
In 1869, Dodge built his handsome Victorian home at the cost of $35,000, a lavish sum for the day. The home was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1961 and opened as a museum in 1964. Our new exhibit will allow visitors a glimpse of how people in Dodge’s day spent their leisure time.