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Council Bluffs Changing Scene: Pottawattamie County's second Courthouse--replacing one constructed of logs--was built in 1866 at a cost of $42,000. It had a short life of 18 years. In 1883 a grand jury declared the basement jail unfit for…

Today...the present Courthouse, built in 1885, stands on the same ground at Fifth Ave. and Pearl St. It has undergone extensive changes in its 73-year history. The county jail, a separate building on the site, often has been condemned by grand…

Concealing Its Age . . . is the Pottawattamie County Sub-Courthouse in Avoca. The brick building's construction predates the county's earliest records of it from 1885.

Showing The Signs . . . of its sandblasting in the late 1970s, Harrison County Courthouse looks like new. The concrete and steel building is faced with Bedford limestone and topped with a 78-foot dome.

A New Cell Module . . . in the Pottawattamie County Jail is viewed by Sheriff Lynn ford. Each of the cellblocks will be color-coded for easy identification in case of emergency. At night, prisoners will move from their common areas to individual…

Keeping Track . . . of prisoners is the job of Judy Peach, a corrections specialist in the new Pottawattamie County Jail. She uses a sophisticated television monitoring system and intercoms to see that prisoners are where they are supposed to be -…

Maximum Security . . . cells are checked by Sid Rasmussen, a corrections specialist team leader in the new jail. Desks, beds and chairs are all built into walls and floors and cannot be moved.

Watching The Monitor . . . at the Pottawattamie County Jail on the fifth floor of the courthouse is Ralph L. Miner, corrections specialist. Each part of the arrest and booking proceedings is videotaped.

Aerial photo of Council Bluffs, looking southeast. West Broadway stretches from the center right of the photo at 8th Street) past First Street to East Broadway on the upper left. Landmarks pictured include Bayliss Park, the old Public Library, the…
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