The Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19

The Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.


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Clemens Special

Council Bluffs native Alfred Clemens started building his own sports car in 1956. Clemens worked on the project in his free time while operating his own business called Clemens Grinding Company.

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Old Dohany Opera House

John Dohany came to Council Bluffs in 1856 and soon after arriving, opened a livery stable on Bryant Street, a half block north of West Broadway. As the proprietor of this business, he would provide accommodations and care for people’s horses.

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25th Anniversary - Funding a new Library



The Carnegie style building of the Council Bluffs Public Library was feeling the strain of becoming a modern library.  Bond measures for a new library failed to pass in 1980 and 1991.  In 1994 it was time to try again.


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National Horticultural Congress

The planning for the first National Horticultural Congress began in March of 1908. The event was going to be held in mid December, the same time as the National Corn Exposition in Omaha

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Farmers’ Holiday Strike of 1932


In 1932 picketing farmers shut down Council Bluffs highways in a tense stand-off with law enforcement. This is the story of how years of depressed prices and government inaction led farmers in western Iowa to mount a populist revolt.

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