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Viewing History in Siouxland from a Hilltop, Council Bluffs

10 Jan
A view of Omaha, NE across the Missouri River from the Lincoln Monument in Council Bluffs, IA Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Finding bits and pieces of history tucked into corners and hilltops, one never knows where something of note might turn up in Siouxland. During Abraham Lincoln’s early days of politics he visited the Council Bluff’s area. From a view atop a hill he saw the expansion of the westward movement of folk and what would become a “staging ground” for the Union Pacific Railroad. The people of Council Bluffs dedicated this small park not far from the cemetery where General Grenville M. Dodge’s wife is buried. Dodge was a general in Lincoln’s army during the Civil War.

The Lincoln Monument in Council Bluffs, IA commemorates the time Abraham Lincoln visited the area in 1859 when it was more rural to view where the Union Pacific Railroad’s eastern terminal would be located seenThursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The Lincoln Monument in Council Bluffs, IA commemorates the time Abraham Lincoln visited the area in 1859 when it was more rural to view where the Union Pacific Railroad’s eastern terminal would be located seenThursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A major street is seen below the Lincoln Monument in Council Bluffs, IA Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The Lincoln Monument is from where the later president saw an area chosen as the first eastern terminus for the yet to be built transcontinental railroad system. Doing even a cursory search online doesn’t really turn up more information other than Lincoln “slept here” kind of reference like George Washington. But it is an easily accessible area and a great place to take in views of the surrounding landscape and in the distance Omaha, NE, across the Missouri River.

Morning might be a better time with better weather and less haze that seems to settle in once the afternoon arrives. A small snippet of history, tucked away but with a nice view.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Turning leaves on trees seen below the Lincoln Monument in Council Bluffs, IA Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A view from the hilltop wherefrom where Abraham Lincoln surveyed the surrounding area in 1859, seen Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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