Historic General Dodge House, Council Bluffs

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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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  • Enjoyed our tour. Learned a lot about General Dodge. The house was beautiful. Highly recommend this tour. We checked out a few other places that we learned about while on this tour. History lovers....  more
    Enjoyed our tour. Learned a lot about General Dodge. The house was beautiful. Highly recommend this tour. We checked out a few other places that we learned about while on this tour. History lovers....  more »
  • This is the house of General Dodge, a Civil War hero who was one of the fathers of the transcontinental railroad after the war and made his fortune through that endeavor. I hadn’t heard of Dodge, but....  more
    This is the house of General Dodge, a Civil War hero who was one of the fathers of the transcontinental railroad after the war and made his fortune through that endeavor. I hadn’t heard of Dodge, but....  more »
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  • First trip to Iowa! Wanted to learn more about the area and see some of the history. A lot of original furniture and fixtures are in the house! The tour guide was fantastic!
  • Beautiful house! The architectural details are amazing - everything has some kind of decoration to it. There are actually two houses, and the tour begins at the first. Both were beautiful and the staff was great. We went on a super hot day, so both houses were warm. Not terrible, but if someone is super heat sensitive maybe wait until it is cooler. The public bathrooms are the actual bathrooms in the houses, so that was neat. Not very wheelchair accessible, but there's no way to make it be without ruining the historic structure. Price was pretty average, though for a large group it might add up fast. There is also a lot of history to see, along with the beautiful house, and of course it ties into the railroad and the squirel cage jail.

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