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and Pottawattamie County
From Bushnell's 1869 Directory
Settlement of the State - Early History of Council
Blufifs - The Great Railroad
Center of the Northwest - Its Past Growth,
Present Prosperity, and Future Prospects
Much of the earlier
history of Iowa is involved in traditionary recollections, and not
until it was almost too late has any effort been made to rescue the
earlier incidents from oblivion. The services rendered by the State
Historical Society in the matter are not to be lightly regarded by
those who take an interest in contrasting her beginning and her
attainments of wealth, growth, andprosperity.
Bancroft, who has carefully preserved, with historical fidelity, the
facts relating to the tribes and original discoverers of the great
Northwest, gives only a few chapters on Iowa, or the territory now
called Iowa, but which, at the date covered by his last volume, was
more distant from the Atlantic States than China and Japan is from us
Father Marquette, through missionary zeal, crossed the Mississippi, and
was the first white man known to have set his foot
upon the prairies of Iowa.
September 22d, 1788, Julien Dubuque, a Frenchman, arrived at the place
now taking his name, and purchased from the Fox
Indians the lands now included within the boundaries of the city.
Dubuque was we believe, the first regularly organized town in the
Robert Lucas was the first territorial Governor, and was appointed in
1838. The first Legislative Assembly was held at Burlington, November
l2th, 1838. In 1841 the territorial capital was removed to Iowa City,
where it remained until the admission of the State, in 1846, and was
the State capital until 1858, when, on the 11th of January of that
year, the Seventh General Assembly began its session at Des Moines.
Notwithstanding the removal of the capital from Iowa City, it has
continued to flourish, having now a population of about 10,000
inhabitants. It is the permanent seat of the chief educational
institution in the State - the Iowa State University - endowed and
by the commonwealth. Its public schools rank high, and the Law School,
forming a part of the University, turns out as good lawyers, and as
many of them, as any other institution of the kind in the country. It
has the capacity to furnish all the lawyers needed in the State for
many years to come.
The prestige and influence of the State capital being transferred from
Iowa City to Des Moines, the latter has grown up with wonderful
rapidity, in the midst of one of the finest agricultural regions in the
world. It has the advantages of a fine water power, which is rapidly
becoming utilized, and the contributions of two important railways -
Des Moines Valley and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, the latter
connecting it with Council Bluffs - making it a place of no small
importance to those proud of the growth and energy of our young State.
Nearly every city in the State is connected by rail with Council
Bluffs - Burlington, Keokuk, Davenport, Fort Madison, Marshalltown,
Waterloo, Mount Pleasant, Oskaloosa, Fort Dodge, Cedar Falls, Cedar
Rapids, and Sioux City - all growing and prosperous beyond precedent.
The city attracted most by the capital and enterprise of the east is:
The great railway center of the new Northwest. Among the first settlers
were R. S. and David. H. Harris, the latter being the first white man
settled on the spot occupied by the town. He was sent here by
tlie United States Government, in 1837, as an agent to instruct the
Indians in agriculture, etc. This was previously made the home of the
Pottawattamies, by removal from Michigan. The Harris family built
the first dwelling, on Madison street above thc site of the present
Methodist Episcopal Church, on Broadway, bctweon tlie church and thc
fort which was at the head of what is now Broadway. R. S. Harris lives
on the Lewis road, ten miles from Council Bluffs, and his brother
resides still in the city, which he has seen grow up magically about
his father's cabin.
Of the early settlers there still remain: D. C. Bloomer (the present
Mayor), Frank Street, L. W. Babbitt, George Doughty, J. P. Cassidy,
Cornelius Voorhis, S. M. Smith, John Keller, S. S. Bayliss, J. Bayliss,
J. C. Fargo, Captain Bell, Sam Paine, D. W. Price, Dr. Honn, Dr.
McMahon, J. D. Honn, S. A. Robinson, W. W. Maynard, J. W. Ross, J. T.
Stewart, Sam. Haas, Marshall Turley, Jerry Folsom, Rev. Rice, David
Devol, J. B. Lewis, C. Thornton, D. B. Clark, Rev. Winchester, Wm.
Mynster, R. D. Amy, Thomas and Ed. Jefferis, Thomas and David Tostevin,
Thomas Officer, W. H. M. Pusey, J. Smith Hooton, C. E. Stone, Wm.
Powers, Dr. Williams, John Rudd, Samuel Riddle, W. D. Turner, D. W.
Carpenter, Frank Guittar, and Henry Delong.
The town, as it grew up around the military and freighting post, took
the name of Kanesville, called, we understand, after Elisha Kent Kane,
the celebrated and lamented Arctic navigator, and whose brother added
additional luster to the name by his meritorious services as a Union
soldier in the late war. The discovery of gold in California increased
the importance of the place as the point of departure of emigrants to
the glittering mines of the new Eldorado.
After the expulsion of the Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, they sought
refuge at this point, in 1846, on the Eastern bank of the Missouri
River. Encroaching emigration, and a consciousness that they had not
yet reached the land destined for their permanent
habitation, led them across the wilderness into Utah, and they in 1862
abandoned the houses and homes built and prepared here.
Twelve or fifteen years ago the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
Railroad was projected, under the name of the Mississippi and Missouri
Railroad Company, and to Hon. Henry Farnam, whose name is still
preserved in the nomenclature of our streets, had
charge of the bill before the Iowa Legislature. Then any spot ten miles
either north or south of this was designated as Council Bluffs, but to
make the matter definite in the charter, he procured the point
designated as Kanesville for the terminus of the road, and
subsequently, to conform to the name selected as the terminus, Council
Bluffs, the name "Kanesville" was dropped, and the place incorporated,
by special act of the Legislature, as the "City of Council Bluffs."
The Mormon claims had been purchased by energetic men, who at once set
to work tearing down the habitations of the "saints," and erected good
buildings in their stead. From this time forward, the population and
trade of the city have steadily and rapidly increased, until Council
Bluffs now ranks, in point of business and wealth, as one of the
first-class cities of Iowa.
It was prophesied that there must be, somewhere in this locality,
another large city, ranking with New York, Chicago, St. Louis, and San
Francisco, and that Council Bluffs was to be the place, in view of it
being the point where the railroads - North, South, East, and West -
centering. It is no speculative idea to-day, as to the place where will
be the great railroad center, for we have already seven railroads
converging here, within the corporation, on a section or two of
transfer gronnds, in a good part of the city - west of town, south of
Broadway - where the Union Depot will be. We need only think of the
growth of our city to know that before long it will be the metropolis
of the Northwest.
Council Bluffs is well named. It is, as most our of readers are aware,
situated at the base of those beautiful bluffs that range along the
Missouri River, and which, at this point rise almost perpendicular
about 80 to 100 feet above the the city. The city has commenced to
spread out on the bottom lands lying wost and south, and, eventually,
all that will divide it from Omaha will be the river.
The main part of the business is at present done near the bluffs, but
is rapidly reaching over the beautiful plateau westward, towards the
The surrounding country is abundantly supplied with streams of the
purest water, upon the banks of which streams are found plenty of
different kinds of timber.
The growth of Council Bluffs has been very rapid since the advent and
opening of the Northwestern Railway, and from eight to twelve hundred
houses have been erected in each of the three years since then. Added
to this is the completion of the St. Joseph & Council Bluffs
Railroad connecting this point with St. Joseph, Missouri, and giving a
double line, one direct to Chicago by the way of Quincy, Illinois, and
the other to St. Louis by the way of the North Missouri Railroad. The
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, just open and in
successful operation, gives another air line to Chicago and the East.
This puts us in communication with Des Moines, the Capital of the
State, and with Davenport, one of most active and flourishing cities on
the Mississippi. The Sioux City & Pacific Railroad gives us an
outlet to northwestern Iowa, Dakotah and western Minnesota, and on the
completion of the Iowa Falls & Sioux City Railroad this fall, we
will have another direct line to Chicago by the way of Dubuque. The
Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, now within seventy-five miles
of this place, will add a fourth railway to Chicago, and with other
lines in contemplation, this will emphatically increase in importance
as the great railway center, which it now is, of the New Northwest. For
particulars of the great bridge over the Missouri River, see page 2.
THE UNION PACIFIC
This great work, whose initial point is Council Blufis, having been
located here by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, confirmed by the
Interior Department, and accepted by the Union Pacific Railroad Board
of Directors, will, on the completion of the great bridge across the
Missouri, have its transfer grounds, oflices, workshops, depots, and
all other buildings within the corporate limits of the city.
The population of Cvouncil Bluffs, by the census of 1860, was a little
over two thousand, and on April 1st, 1867, was estimated at eight
A careful survey of the improvements now (1869) warrant us in saying
that the population is fully eleven thousand, and in this candor can
detect no exaggeration.
In area Council Bluffs includes twenty-four square miles, all suitable
and laid out for building purposes. The bluffs furnish the choicest
building spots, whilst the plateau gives excellent lots for business
purposes. The city is spreading out over them with unprecedented
rapidity, botli in the erection of handsome and comfortable dwellings,
and solid, imposing, and beautiful business blocks.
What facilities, it is asked, has Council Bluffs, either natural or
acquired, for becoming the commercial center? We have said that we have
citizens who are wide-awake; that we are building extensively and
substantially; but we look beyond and beneath all this. It is
necessary to omit all exaggeration - to ignore the great expectations
the citizens, and survey, if possible, the foundation upon which the
greatness of our city must rest. Unlike the Iowa cities on the
Mississippi, which are numerous, Council Bluffs and Sioux City are the
only rivals on the Missouri, and they are so dissimilarly situated as
hardly to be called rivals. This will allow the former to make a far
greater growth than it could otherwise hope to attain. It is destined
to be the best railroad center west of Chicago. Please take a glance at
the map, and think
of the prospective roads whose termini will be
Council Bluffs, and remember that this is, and must always be, the
initial point of the Union Pacific Railroad, and that the roads east,
west, north and south, are extending their arms for their share of the
overland freight which must come to the extensive transfer grounds
here, where the Union Pacific Company have bought 1,080 acres of land.
Don't say that company don't know what they are doing. Are not
all the roads looking to a connection with the great continental
thoroughfare? What does this indicate? Do you say the Pacific railway
commences over the river? Certainly it does, today; but do you
suppose the company will always ferry their cars over the river? Or do
you anticipate that, when the bridge is completed, these seven
railroads will use it, instead of one? Or do
you suppose the company will give up the lands purchased expressly, and
as expressly designed by nature, for a transfer depot, and go out of
their way, at great inconvenience, and with no hope of finding so good
a place within reasonable distance of where it
should be; and all because some dissatisfied party thinks it should?
No; the managers care little for Council Bluffs, or any other town; but
they are supposed to have practical common sense, and to act from an
When there is a beautiful plain, as there is here, where the transfer
grounds are located, is it to be supposed that any company will leave
such advantages, and expend millions of dollars to make suitable
grounds, as they would have where they are now located. Omaha has no
place for transfer grounds such as would be necessary for the
convenience of as many roads as are centering in this city.
We do not boast at all, but, as we have canvassed the place, we can
speak from facts. If a year ago the business of the place was estimated
at $5,000,000, what has it been the last year but almost twice that?
With our great tide of emigration this year, it must be greater than
ever before, by far, as houses are being rapidly built.
One of the great advantages which Council Bluffs claims over all
rivals, is, that it is backed by a farming country which can scarcely
be excelled. It is a well-known fact that Omaha, and many of the large
western cities, as well as the mining districts, are fed by the farmers
of Western Iowa, and that a large share of this produce is bought in
Council Blufl^. It is plain to be seen what will be the final result.
The farmers in Western Iowa will rapidly become wealthy, having one of
the best markets in the country, and easily accessible. The merchants
of Council Bluffs will have the first and largest profits after the
produce leaves the producer's hands. It is safe to say that the lion's
share of the profits of the immense productions of Western Iowa will
remain east of the Missouri River. Now that the Union Pacific Railroad
is finished, the towns on the west bank of the river, which have
heretofore been supported by the western trade, will find other cities
springing up, which will give equal advantages, but the advantages of
Council Bluffs can never be transferred to any other point. The
Missouri River and the initial point of the Union Pacific Railroad
fixes this point as the railroad center. Our rich farming land, which
is the foundation of wealth, can never be moved. Our advantages are,
therefore, permanent, and not accidental, or subject to other laws than
the laws of nature. Some speak of Omaha that she is a place of
importance, but the natural advantages Council Bluffs has over Omaha
are plainly seen to-day.
It will be well for capitalists, and particularly for men with moderate
means, desiring to acquire rapidly, to give their closest attention to
the attractions which Council Bluffs now offers to them over any city
in the West. The peculiar railroad advantages of Council Bluffs must
be at once apparent to the most casual observer. With seven lines of
railway, north, east, south and west, and the longest single lines in
the world; a Pacific Railway bridge, with its tremendous transfer
business, railroad workshops and offices, make up a grand natural
situation for a city seldom equaled, never surpassed. The at present
cheap rates of real estate, and in view of the large mechanical
population which will be brought here in the construction of railroads,
bridges, depots, and other works, we know of no other place on the
American continent which presents better opportunities for the
investment of capital, or which promises a more enduring prosperity.
Council Bluffs, unlike many Western cities, is not built up by borrowed
For the Western trade, what town so favorably situated? With the
before-named advantages, to make it the market for Western Iowa, and
insuring it cheap transportation from the east, it could not be better
situated in reference to this trade; and it may reasonably be expected
that in due time its shipments of merchandise and produce to the plains
and mountains will be very heavy. Indeed, the start already made in
this direction is some indication of what may be expected in the
Viewed in the light of these facts, Council Bluffs possesses no
ordinary interest; and he who studies the situation disinterestedly,
will not undervalue its importance, or ignore its well-grounded hopes
of future prosperity and greatness. It cannot hope to rival Chicago, or
eclipse San Francisco; but it may reasonably expect to be the
metropolis of Iowa.
The County of Pottawattamie was organized in 1851, by an act of the
Legislative Assembly, and named in honor of the Indians who had last
inhabited the county. The same year, the county-seat was established at
Kanesvilie, by a vote of the people of the County. The name of the town
was subsequently changed to Council Bluffs, which is the only town of
any importance in the county.
This county contains more than half a million acres of the best farming
lands in the West. The surface is gently undulating, well watered by
streams fed by springs, watering nearly every section of land. In the
western part of the county timber is abundant - cottonwood growing in
the Missouri bottoms and hard wood upon the hill sides - while the
eastern portion of the county is but moderately supplied. There it is
found skirting the larger streams, with one or more groves within the
limits of nearly every township. It is well adapted to grain growing or
grazing, and is every way calculated to support a large agricultural
population. Less rough than some counties adjoining it, it contains
some of the best lands adapted to grain growing. We think the upland is
mostly very fine in this county, though somewhat rolling, yet not
sufficiently so to interfere with easy and profitable culture.
The County is rapidly filling up and being improved by enterprising
farmers from the East. The ready market found at Council Bluffs for
everything produced by the farmer, and the rich remunerative yield from
everything planted in the soil, are rapidly enriching the farming
Pottawattamie county is a little south of the center, and on the west
side of the State of Iowa. It has Harrison and Shelby counties on the
north, Cass on the east, Montgomery and Mills on the south, and the
Missouri river on the west.
The surface of the county is diversified by hills, valleys, and plains,
groves of timber and prairie, and watered by numerous springs, brooks,
creeks and rivers.
In some parts of the county limestone rock is plenty. As yet there has
been no stone coal discovered in the county.
The soil appears to have been formed by decayed vegetable matter, and
the land is very productive.
The climate is temperate, and congenial to the growth of hemp, wheat,
corn, rye, barley, oats, potatoes, and fruits, such as apples, pears,
plums, grapes, cherries, &c., &c.
As regards health, there is no place known to us more healthy.
The county contains about 600,000 acres - is twenty-four miles wide
from north to south, and about forty-two uiiles in length from east to
west, and is divided into twelve civil townships, viz: Kane, Walnut
Creek, Knox, Center, Silver Crcek, Macedonia, James, York, Crescent,
Boomer, Rockyford, and Grove.
Now is the time to purchase farming lands. Prices are low, in tlic
interior of the county land can be bought for from three to live
dollars per acre - time usually given on one one-half the purchase
money, by paying ten per cent, interest.
While the adjoining counties of Mills, Cass, Audubon, Shelby, and
Harrison are equally favored in soil, water, and timber, we think all
must concede that, in raiIroad facilities, and in furnisliing
transportation for produce raised within her borders, Pottawattamie
bears the palm.
COUNTY COURT HOUSE
Some four years ago, Mr. E. McBride, then a member of the Board of
Supervisors, deeming that onr county required a Court House, the matter
was laid before the Board, who appointed a Building Committee, composed
of Hon J. P. Casady, J. M. Philips, Thomas Officer, and Wm. Ward, to
procure plans for the building. Mr. Ward being an architect, and
wishing to furnish plans, resigned his position, and prepared a plan,
which, with the modifications directed by the committee, was adopted by
the board ; and in January, 1866, it was commenced by Messrs. Johnson
& Hammer. The building was completed at a cost of from $60,000 to
$75,000. It is a splendid building, neatly and substantially
constructed, and is an ornament to the city and county. We are proud of
it. Photographs of it can be had at J. Mueller's gallery.
The interest taken in the education of the youth is the most conclusive
evidence of the intelligence of the community where they may be
established. Here we have the best of schools all will admit. It is
admitted by all who visit our town that we have about the finest school
buildings in the State for public schools. There is not another city in
the West where the public seems to take the same interest in all
matters pertaining to the education and moral training of the children,
that is evinced in Council Blulfs. There are at present five large
public school houses; a very fine Young Ladies' Seminary, Rev. Mr.
Little principal; besides many other select schools. We take pleasure
in stating that the German schools of this city are successsfully and
satisfactorily carried on.
The teachers' institute which met here last fall was largely attended,
and very interesting, there being a good report from all parts. It will
meet again August 30th.
There are some seventy district schools in the County. Of these,
Council Bluff's has sixteen; Kane Township, eleven sub-districts
and thirteen school houses; Rockford, four school houses; Crescent,
eight; Boomer, seven; York, one; Knox, five; Center, five; James,
three; Macedonia, two; Walnut Creek, three; Silver Creek, three.
The schools outside of the city, as well as those in the city, are well
supplied with apparatus, maps, &c. The school houses are
well seated, mostly new, and many of them are of brick. The teachers
are first-class, receiving from $30 to $40 per month in summer, and
from $35 to $50 in winter.
benefits which are derived from railroad communication are untold,
and can hardly be realized, when we remember that civilization and
improvements of all kinds follow the iron horse. They are an almighty
power. Whatever they undertake to do, as companies or corporations,
they always seem to accomplish. If it is the building of a town on any
of their lines, they make all to serve their plans by the mighty
influence they exert; and, almost like magic, cities and towns spring
up where they plant the standard.
Economy being essential to success in any enterprise, so railroad
companies look to their own interests in the location and building of
towns and roads, &c. The bridge which is being built across the
Missouri River by the Union Pacific Railroad Company, at a point
decided by them, was a matter of importance to all the other roads
which are centering here, as well as to them, to have it located with a
view to dispatch of business, and also to have a safe and permanent
foundation to build on. It was located only after thorough
investigation, and that being opposite the general transfer grounds of
all the roads, on section two, in the western limits of our city, two
miles from the river, and, ere long, the trains will leave Council
Bluffs, pass over the Missouri (leaving Omaha to the right, as a
stopping point, or way station). Then all will understand that Council
Blulfs is the terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad, and that all the
other roads which are here, and are coming from the east, north and
south, tap the above-named road at this point, the great railroad
centre of the Northwest. It will be interesting to see the iron horse
majestically and triumphantly across the western plain, thus conducting
the pioneer to the far West, to plant the standard of civilization and
The natural advantages of this point
as a railroad center must not be overlooked, as it was not by the
engineers when they had investigated the same, which report has been
generally received by all, and endorsed by the seven roads which center
We know we have the natural advantages of grounds for one grand union
depot, where freights and merchandise will be sent to and from all
parts, not only of the United States, but will pass this way from all
parts of the world, eventually, as this is a central point, equally
distant from almost all the great cities.
But we will not forget Him who created all things for the best for
these favors, to enable us to surpass our rival city,
which, we think, misrepresented herself in the East, and to-day stands
on a sandy foundation, built by wind and speculation, which is now, we
are told, on the decline. Council Bluffs, on the other hand, with her
many railroads, as so many arms, stretching all over the country,
bringing thither the commerce of the world, is forming a mighty city by
her tributaries, like the rivers which are tributary to and from the
great ocean. We have then but to live in hopes of seeing the Capital of
our Nation removed to Council Bluffs, "The Great Railroad Center of the
The Union Pacific Railroad is one of
the greatest lines of road on the continent, and in can be said that no
road will be traveled more, in a few years. It is now finished. Its
terminus is Council Bluffs, Iowa. All the other roads - seven in number
- tap the Union Pacific at this point, making all tributary to it. By
the energy of its Chief Engineer, G. M. Dodge, it has been pushed west
to completion. The company have been buying a large amount of lands in
Council Bluffs, adjoining the general transfer grounds and elsewhere,
amounting to over half a million dollars. Reader, does not this seem
like business, and show that some day the initial point of the Union
Pacific will be second to Chicago - yes,
out-rival the same. Webster Snyder, Esq., is Superintendent of
the road, and Hon. Oliver
CHICAGO & NORTHWESTERN
This is one of the longest single
lines of road in the country. Its terminus is Council Bluffs, where it
connects with the Union Pacific Railroad. It is doing an extensive
business, and has been since its completion. Long trains of freight
cars are coming almost constantly, and we can judge of the prosperity
of the road by the amount of freight and merchandise which is now here
to be transferred. It passes through the best part of the country. The
towns which have been established by the company are permanent and
flourishing. Missouri Valley, Dunlap, Montana, Marshalltown, Cedar
Rapids, and Clinton, are the principal town[s] on the Iowa Division.
The company has a very fine freight and passenger depot and other
necessary buildings, on Broadway, corner of Sycamore street. They own a
large amount of lands, and are buying more adjoining. We are acquainted
with the workings of this company; and, as the ofiicers and men
connected with the road are thorough business men, transacting an
honorable business, there is nothing to hinder its success. William B.
Strong, Council Bluffs, General Western Agent.
COUNCIL BLUFFS & ST. JOSEPH
This road was finished the first day
of August, a year ago. We can now go to St. Joseph in twelve hours.
Judging by the energy which has been evinced in the past, this will
certainly be a
prosperous line. It is now competing with other roads. They are
doing a big business
now. The company has a new passenger depot building near the old one.
is well. Thanks, from the people of this city, for this connnection
Joseph and other points South, to the company which has so rapidly
built this road. From its present prospects, its past benefits to us,
and the success it has had, the road must have success and prosperity
in the future. As the company feels an interest in Council Bluffs, the
terminus, and are doing all they can to build up our city; so we, as
citizens, feel equally interested in the road that is to be the main
arm from the South, which will help to make our city one of renown. W.
H. Whitla, General Agent, Council Bluffs.
COUNCIL BLUFFS & SIOUX CITY
This road has been finished lately,
and is doing a good business. It forms a junction at Missouri Valley
with the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, and bids fair to be an
important line. It has been built with dispatch, but well done. We see
the importance of this line in the fact that the North and South are
bound together, freights and merchandise passing by way of Council
CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND & PACIFIC
This road also connects with the
Union Pacific here, as this is its terminus. It will compete with the
other Eastern roads in the transportation of freights and merchandise.
It is finished now. This, another great line across our State,
terminating here, adds to our prosperity, evidently. Atlantic, Des
Moines, Marengo, Grinnell, Iowa City and Davenport are the principal
towns on the Iowa Division. The great growth, commerce, and trade of
the West demand that this road should rank among the first in the land.
S. S. Stevens, General Agent, Council Bluffs.
BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER
Tliis road is to be completed this fall to this point, which is its
western terminus. It is another of those tributaries of the great
Pacific Kailroad which the completion of the latter is hurrying
forward. A large force is engaged upon tlie work. It is now complctcd
to Afton, Iowa, and is expected to be finished and in running order
this year at least, making another line from the Mississippi to the
Missouri, across the State of Iowa - the garden of the West.
This line has been well considered
by the principal railroad men, and noticed by the shipping and
commercial tradesmen. It is certain that the enterprise is deemed fully
accomplished. It will be an important route, as a thorough
consolidation of certain roads from Fort Wayne, Indiana, eastward, and
the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago and Pennsylvania Central; but
westward we have not yet learned whether a route has been established
or not. Certain it is that the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago and
Pennsylvania Central are well able alone to build a track to Council
Bluffs, which will be done. This will be an important road, when built.
MUSCATINE, OSKALOOSA & COUNCIL BLUFFS
The above-named road is talked of,
and a meeting of persons interested in its construction was held at
Muscatine a short time since, for the election of a board of directors,
for the year ensuing, and for the transaction of such other business as
may come before them. There is no doubt but it will be built.