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.

In honor of our Presidential Ties theme this year, we are showcasing ladies fashions similar to what was worn by the First Ladies during their time at the White House. Dresses, hats, fans and a few children’s ensembles are on display and are located on the first and second floors of the Dodge home.  General Dodge was a friend and advisor to many late 19th century and early 20th century Presidents; Five Presidents even spent time in the Dodge Home.
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be present to showcase uniforms and weapons and share stories.