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About Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs is a city in Pottawattamie County in Iowa, United States. It is located on the eaast bank of the Missouri River across the much bigger Omaha City in Nebraska. Council Bluffs is part of the 60th largest urban areas in the US, with a total population of 58,268 according to a census made in the year 2000. The name of the city was derived from a meeting in 1804 of the Lewis and Clark Voyage with the Tribe of Otoe, which took place near Fort Calhoun in Nebraska. The land on both sides of the Missouri River, north part of the Platte River mouth and the northwestern part of Mills County was called Council Bluffs up to this day. The first settlers of Council Bluffs were Sauganash and his band of Potawatomi in the year of 1838. Sauganash, who was also called Billy Caldwell, was the son of Irish Immigrant William Caldwell birthed by a Mohawk mother. The place where Sauganash’s band of Potawatomi settled was called Caldwell’s camp. Today, Council Bluffs was dubbed as the Iowa’s leading edge because of the topographic region it covers. It was originally composed of savanna and prairie in the Loess hills with vast marshland and forest along the banks of Missouri River. Superb view can be seen from the point of Lincoln Monument, Fairmont Park, and the Lewis and Clark Monument. The city has been a great place to live well before former US President Abraham Lincoln visited the town in the year 1859. Council Bluffs location allows it to have a variety of amusement activities to lure people to their area. From soccer to professional baseball, opera to ballet, museums to zoos and boutiques, the city has everything for everyone. This wide array of entertainment was begun by the Iowa West Foundation in the year 2004. It realizes the visionary effort to enliven the city as a place that upholds civic pride to encourage community revitalization, attract new residents and welcome visitors through top quality, integrated public art projects. Discover all these by visiting the Council Bluffs.

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Council Bluffs Facts

  • Population Total: 62230
  • Square Miles: 37.4
  • Area Code: 712
  • Elevation: 1090
  • Postal Codes: 51501-51503
  • Timezone: Central (North America)
  • Website: http://www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/