Council Bluffs Public Library Special Collections


Council Bluffs Public Library Special Collections


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Sports, Music And Baking Are The Interests Of Look-A-Likes - Pets Their Great Love
"The Candyman" . . . and what could be sweeter than three identical sisters dressed like peppermint sticks doing a song and soft shoe to this favorite tune? Can you tell which is Judy, Jeanette and Jane? In that order they presented their number at…

This Is Council Bluffs
Gilbert's Pon, top center, and the dredged pond in Lake View Park stand out like mirrors as they reflect the gray sky on an overcast day. In the foreground is the Illinois Central Railroad tracks. North Western tracks are in the background. The…

This Is Council Bluffs
You are gazing at the heart of Council Bluffs in this aerial photo. The camera, pointing slightly northeast, captures dozens of well known landmarks. Bayliss Square, with its X-shaped walks, dominates the lower portion of the picture. Broadway,…

Sorority Officers
Iowa Rho chapter of Phi Sigma Alpha in Council Bluffs, installed , from left, Mrs. Beverly Seyler, secretary, Mrs. Harry Molgaard, vice president, and Mrs. Albert Cleveland, president. Other officers are Mesdames Matilda Swanson, treasurer; Charley…

Letter, 1825, May 20, Council Bluffs [to] Nathaniel Ranney.
Letter written Nathaniel Ranney from his brother Nathan Ranney.

Free book covers lack school approval
Pat Edie, a volunteer for Citizens for Community Improvement, and CCI President Darlene Stevens display book covers bearing photos of missing children in the group wants to distribute to students at schools in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. CCI has…

Church of God of Prophecy
1700 Avenue E

Christian Home cites local families
Dr. Don Bartlette (left) who was born with no upper lip and only a partial nose, gestures as eh talks about the love and attention he received from a woman who took him under her wing. Bartlette was the main speaker at a program in recognition of…

Today...the block has changed considerably. The automobile has replaced the horse and buggy and a traffic island occupies the spot where horses used to drink. At left is the Bennett Building, the city's largest office structure. Many other…

Griffin Pipe Products Co.<br /><br />
File #1 - 1939-1964
L. T. Moate
Amsted Industries

Today...the building occupies the same site, but the name has been changed to Ogden Hotel. Its appearance has changed considerably. Part of the fourth floor was burned by a fire in 1871 and the rest of the building has been remodeled. The building…

Our Right to Vote 2020
A panel discussion featuring State Representative MaryAnn Hanusa, Congresswoman Cindy Axne, Senator Joni Ernst and members of the AAUW: Loess Hills Branch of Iowa.

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment,…

Council Bluffs, 1916
A panoramic photograph of Council Bluffs in 1916.

Iowa State Hospital for the Insane. Clarinda, IA.
A photograph of the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane in Clarinda, IA.

Old soldiers section - Kinsman area - Fairview Cemetery - Council Bluffs, Iowa
Burial details and map for the Kinsman section of the Fairview Cemetery. Researched by Roy D. Linn - Graves Officer, William Kinsman Camp #23 - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

West Side of Main Street
Photograph of the West Side of Main Street. Three story building in foreground is the only one still standing. Occupied for many years by E. H. Lougee & Co.

View on Willow Avenue
Photograph of view on Willow Avenue.

View on Third Avenue, West
Photograph of view on Third Avenue looking West.

View on Oakland Avenue
Photograph of view on Oakland Avenue.
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