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Historic Dodge House, Council Bluffs

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
The fourteen room, three story mansion stands on a high terrace overlooking the Missouri Valley and displays such architectural features as parquet floors, cherry, walnut, and butternut woodwork and a number of "modern" conveniences quite unusual for the period. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the house a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Since 1964, a Board of Trustees has been restoring the home to the period of the general, 1869-1916, and it is now maintained as a house museum.
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  • There is a lot of history with this place and is interesting to see all the artifacts on display. Worth seeing. 
  • I had never heard of this place before arriving in the Omaha area, but it's worth a stop if you're interested in history. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and the items in the home are mo...  read more »
  • If you have an interest in art, history and architecture this is a nice little stop. Not so good if you have young kids. Constantly telling my 5-year old not to touch, 60+ year old mother-in-law did n...  read more »
  • Very cool if you like history. My 7 year old even liked it.
  • Great place to visit. But if you have any handicaps like needing a wheelchair you might find it hard to visit.
  • Went during railroad days and would highly recommend
  • Volunteers are very informative & kind!
  • You may think that if you've seen one Victorian mansion you've seen them all, but this one is truly magnificent. The curators here do an excellent job. Council Bluffs is an interesting city. The western part, that closest to Omaha, lies in the ancient river floodplain--the land is flat, the streets are square, and the neighborhoods generally modest and uninspired. However, in the older, eastern part of the city, the land is suddenly hilly, the streets follow the terrain (i.e. they go every which way), and the old storefronts and Victorian architecture hearken back to the days when Council Bluffs was a thriving city and Omaha hadn't even been thought of yet. There are interesting neighborhoods near the Dodge House, and also further north near the Fairview cemetery. The cemetery itself is worth a look. Tourist information can be obtained at the Dodge House.
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