Immerse yourself in Council Bluffs' rich history by visiting its many historic sites. Buildings, landmarks, and monuments pay homage to Council Bluffs' pivotal role in the Lewis and Clark Trail, Mormon Trail, and development of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Bayliss Park Fountain & Monuments
Located at 1st Street and Pearl, this park features a spectacular lighted fountain and seasonal flower beds. Considered the focal point of downtown, the park is also host to the Veterans Plaza, Spanish War Veterans Monument, Civil War Memorial, and Mormon Trail Monument.
Black Angel/Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial
Locally known as "The Black Angel," this statue honors Ruth Anne Dodge, the wife of General Dodge. Sculpted by Daniel Chester French, creator of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Black Angel commemorates Ruth Anne Dodge's 1916 death.
Golden Spike Monument
Located at South 21st Street and 9th Avenue This 56-foot golden concrete spike was erected in 1939 with the premiere of the film "Union Pacific." It commemorates the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific rail lines at the Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869. This spot commemorates “Mile Marker Zero” as the Eastern Terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Kinsman Monument & Fairview Cemetery
Located at 2nd Street and LaFayette Avenue The high east end of the cemetery holds Mormon pioneer graves. Kinsman Monument is a Civil War Memorial built to honor Colonel William Kinsman and veterans of the Civil War. Actual Civil War cannons are on display.
Lewis & Clark Monument and Scenic Overlook
This site, north of Big Lake Park, was dedicated in 1936 to honor the expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1804 and their historic meeting with Otoe and Missouri Indians. Renovations were completed in mid-2002, and the bicentennial celebration will lead into 2004.
This impressive pylon was erected in July, 1911 and commemorates Abraham Lincoln's visit to the site in 1859. From this site, Lincoln viewed and selected the Eastern Terminus of the first transcontinental railroad built on the United States.
Lincoln Monument is located just west of Fairview Cemetery on Lafayette Avenue.