COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — All aboard! Council Bluffs shines as the town celebrates Railroad Days at Mile Zero Sept. 24.
From exploring the Union Pacific Museum to climbing rail automobiles at Rails West, the town’s railroad points of interest can be open to the general public.
Council Bluffs was as soon as thought-about for the japanese terminus of the Union Pacific line that ended up in Omaha and Railroad Days contains excursions of the Historic Common Dodge Home, residence to the Military officer tasked with implementing President Abraham Lincoln’s plans for a transcontinental railroad.
For the primary time, all Railroad Days occasions will happen in Council Bluffs, following selections to not take part this 12 months by Durham Museum and Lauritzen Gardens.
Tickets are $10 for teams of two adults and limitless for youngsters underneath 18 years previous. Extra grownup tickets may be bought for $5. Get pleasure from free trolley rides between points of interest from 9 a.m. to five p.m.
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Council Bluffs embraces its rail historical past. Starting on the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, you may discover two flooring of displays celebrating the railroad’s previous — from laying the primary rails and increasing westward to classic years of passenger journey — in addition to a take a look at the each day obligations of working trains.
The museum options replicas of the Council Bluffs lodge the place plans have been set in movement to create the rail line connecting the western half of the US. Whereas he died earlier than attending to see the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the presidential automotive constructed to take Lincoln to Promontory Level as a substitute was retrofitted to hold his casket residence to Springfield Illinois. The prepare made a number of stops alongside the route as cities held memorials for the nation’s sixteenth president.
As you go to the passenger automotive interval, 1931-71, try the assorted dinnerware patterns utilized in restaurant automobiles. You may additionally view the uniforms of prepare staff. A 360-degree theater showcases the historical past of the railroad’s passenger service.
Do you know that prepare transportation led to the creation of time zones? A go to to the UP museum contains a number of different enjoyable info.
Rails West Railroad Museum
Rails West Railroad Museum gives a possibility to tour rail automobiles, from a steam engine to a postal automotive full with mail luggage and letter slots. Youngsters of all ages have enjoyable ringing the prepare bell. Go to a mannequin prepare exhibit contained in the traditional 1899 depot, which additionally homes a number of items of memorabilia and artifacts.
Historic Common Dodge Home
The Historic Common Dodge Home is a 14-room Victorian-era mansion constructed for a price of $35,000. The three-story residence for Common Greeneville Dodge and his household was constructed on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley. The mansion contains furnishings and equipment from the time the Dodge household lived there.
Hoff Household Arts and Tradition Middle
New to Railroad Days is the Hoff Household Arts and Tradition Middle Pottawattamie Arts, Tradition, and Leisure (PACE) workforce members will host interactive rail-themed actions on the Hoff Household Arts & Tradition Middle, together with creating futuristic trains and constructing trains from close by objects.
Whereas not a part of Railroad Days at Mile Zero, guests to the town also can try the Golden Spike Monument a 56-foot-tall sculpture inbuilt 1939 to rejoice the premiere of the film “Union Pacific.” It acknowledges the ultimate spike laid on the railroad, finishing the transcontinental railroad.
After a day of exploring Council Bluffs rail historical past, contemplate grabbing a chunk to eat at any of the town’s excellent eateries, resembling 712 eat and drink,1892 German Bier Home and third Base Bar and Grill.