From Itineraries Midwest Fall Issue 2010
This sample itinerary is good anytime of the year!
10 – 11:00 am
Immerse yourself in Council Bluffs’ rich and colorful history by visiting the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, built in 1885 for $30,000. This unique rotary jail has three floors of revolving pie shaped cells inside a cylinder shaped jail. It is one of only 18 ever built and the only three-story. Only three remain today.
11 – 1:00 pm
Marvel at the lavish Victorian mansion, the Historic General Dodge House. This 14-room mansion, built in 1869, is one of Iowa’s premier historic homes and is considered a National Historic Landmark. General Grenville M. Dodge, a Civil War veteran, dubbed “the greatest railroad builder of all time”, built the home. The mansion is historically authentic, complete with a majority of the Dodge family’s original furnishings. After your tour enjoy lunch in the third floor ballroom, where the Dodge’s entertained many prominent historic figures.
1 – 2:15 pm
Remember the days of “Riding the Rails” with a stop at the RailsWest Railroad Museum. The restored 1899 Rock Island Depot originally was built for Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. The depot now houses railroad artifacts and an operating HO gauge model railroad, depicting a world where trains were still king. The last of the Rock Island passenger trains pulled out of the depot on May 30, 1970.
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Step back in time where you’ll discover why, in December 1847, 200 pioneers built the Kanesville Tabernacle in just 2 ½ weeks. Learn more about the Mormon Pioneers as they traveled through Council Bluffs.
3:30 – 4:45 pm
Continue your tour of the Mormon Pioneer Trail, as well as the other three trails that traversed through Council Bluffs; the California, Oregon and Lewis and Clark trails at the Western Historic Trails Center.
4:45 – 5:45 pm
Finally you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Missouri River Valley at the Lewis and Clark Monument & Overlook. This monument was dedicated to the 1804 expedition of Lewis and Clark and their historic meeting with the Otoe and Missouria tribesman.
For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the Council Bluffs
CVB, 800-228-6878 x109.