Council Bluffs, Iowa is the county seat of Pottawattamie County and home to 58,656 people. Council Bluffs is a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area with 716,998 residents. Located in extreme western Iowa (128 miles west of Des Moines and a few miles east of Omaha, Nebraska) adjacent to the Missouri River. Council Bluffs has a very storied history. Lewis and Clark stopped and remarked of Council Bluffs during their exploration of the great west. Originally named Kanesville, after Mormon settlers passed through Council Bluffs to points westward, the name was officially changed to Council Bluffs in 1853. Council Bluffs was chosen as the eastern terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad after President Abraham Lincoln conferred with notable city advocate and Civil War general, Grenville M. Dodge. The railroad spurred further growth in Council Bluffs and helped to turn it into a modern industrial center.
The city is nestled in the scenic Missouri River bluffs and sits in and near a rare land formation only found in two places on earth called the Loess Hills (wind blown sand deposits). Recently, the city has undergone a transformation as gambling and entertainment facilities have pumped money into the community.
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