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Railroad Days returns to Council Bluffs on Saturday



It’s all aboard this weekend at Railroad Days in Council Bluffs — time to keep calm and carriage on.”You can come and tour all the fantastic railroad heritage that we have in Council Bluffs, all connected by trolley,” said Patricia LaBounty, the curator at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. On Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., people can chug along to five different train-themed locations in town. The best place to go off the rails, though, is at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. “Railroad history is important to this area on a global scale. So when you think about connecting the nation coast to coast, that came through here,” LaBounty said. Council Bluffs itself is “mile zero” for Union Pacific, all thanks to an 1859 visit by Abraham Lincoln before he was president. “When he was here, he was introduced to a young railroad surveyor named Grenville Dodge. At the time, Lincoln asked Dodge where do you think I should start this pacific railroad and the railroad project? Dodge said unequivocally it should be in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and follow the Platte River through Nebraska,” LaBounty said. Tickets for Railroad Days are $10 for two adults and whatever children come. The RailsWest Railroad Museum and Historic General Dodge House are among those participating. People will be able to take the trollies to each location. For more information, click here.

It’s all aboard this weekend at Railroad Days in Council Bluffs — time to keep calm and carriage on.

“You can come and tour all the fantastic railroad heritage that we have in Council Bluffs, all connected by trolley,” said Patricia LaBounty, the curator at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

On Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., people can chug along to five different train-themed locations in town. The best place to go off the rails, though, is at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

“Railroad history is important to this area on a global scale. So when you think about connecting the nation coast to coast, that came through here,” LaBounty said.

Council Bluffs itself is “mile zero” for Union Pacific, all thanks to an 1859 visit by Abraham Lincoln before he was president.

“When he was here, he was introduced to a young railroad surveyor named Grenville Dodge. At the time, Lincoln asked Dodge where do you think I should start this pacific railroad and the railroad project? Dodge said unequivocally it should be in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and follow the Platte River through Nebraska,” LaBounty said.

Tickets for Railroad Days are $10 for two adults and whatever children come. The RailsWest Railroad Museum and Historic General Dodge House are among those participating. People will be able to take the trollies to each location.

For more information, click here.



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