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Welcome to the HSPC!

 

HSPC ATTRACTIONS

Historic Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail

HISTORIC SQUIRREL CAGE JAIL
Visit a truly one-of-a-kind structure on the National Register of Historic Places   Served as the Pottawattamie County Jail from 1885 until 1969.   Always FREE ADMISSION with membership.  CLICK HERE for hours and admission information.

 

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Watch "Squirrel Cage Jail Preview" on YouTube

   
 
RailsWest Museum at the Rock Island Railroad Station in Council Bluffs, Iowa
RAILSWEST  RAILROAD  MUSEUM
See railroad, postal, and regional memorabilia in a restored 1899 Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific passenger and freight depot.   Always FREE ADMISSION with membership.  CLICK HERE for hours and admission information.
 


Historic rail car exhibit at RailsWest MuseumHISTORIC RAIL CAR DISPLAY
Steam engines, a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy club car, cabooses, and a Railway Post Office car are displayed.   Admission included with visit to RailsWest Railroad Museum.  Always FREE ADMISSION with membership.


HO Model Railroad presented by the Greater Omaha Society of Railroad EngineersHO SCALE MODEL RAILROAD DISPLAY
Watch model trains run over a layout styled after Council Bluffs in the only permanent model railroad exhibit open to the public in the metro area.  Presented by the Greater Omaha Society of Model Engineers.  Admission included with visit to RailsWest Railroad Museum.  Always FREE ADMISSION with membership.


ONLINE DISPLAY GALLERY
Council Bluffs has changed a lot over history.  Take a look at some photos from the Historical Society's archives, featuring the changing scenes of Council Bluffs.  See these historical photos.


HAUNTED IN THE BLUFFS
Ghosts?  In Council Bluffs??  IN OUR JAIL???  Many paranormal investigators say some who have been associated with the jail over the years have never left the building.  And they were DEAD SERIOUS about that.  Read about the Paranormal Power of the jail!

 

 

TOURS
Interested in a tour of the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail or the RailsWest Railroad Museum? 
Contact Us for Tour Information
 

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
Are you looking for genealogical information?  May we recommend our friends at the
Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society-Frontier Heritage Library
Phone: 
712-325-9368
Email:  pcgs@pcgs.omhcoxmail.com
Web site:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/
 

JOIN THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
We welcome new members! 
For more information, please visit our membership page.

 

HSPC MEMBER SERVICES


MEMBERS ONLY AREA includes archived Society MEMBER JOURNAL

 

The HSPC MEMBER JOURNAL brings memories and lore throughout the year.

If you're not yet a member, click here to view a sample issue now and find:

- What CB business was known for its 15-foot chicken?

- What local person has a star on Hollywood Boulevard?

- Werner Trucking is an industry leader... and it all started in Council Bluffs!

- It was hard to miss a roller coaster that passed right over two city streets.

Remember Playland Park, the jewel of West Broadway?

 

To join the Historical Society click here

Our Mission

The Mission of The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, is to preserve the past for current and future generations.

The Historical Society thanks our corporate members including:

 

red giant oil company Frontier Savings Bank hgm associates incorporated
Red Giant Oil Co Frontier Savings Bank HGM Associates Inc Warner Family Dentistry McGinn Law Firm

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The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, Iowa was founded in 1934 and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to kindling and keeping alive an active interest in state and local history.  Contributions and inquiries should be directed to the Society  at P.O. Box 2, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502-0002.  For additional information, phone 712-323-2509 or e-mail us here.

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