RailsWest Railroad Museum & HO Model Display, Council Bluffs

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RailsWest Railroad Museum is a railroad museum operated by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County at 16th Avenue and South Main Street and illustrates the history of railroads in Council Bluffs, Iowa.HistoryThe museum is housed inside a Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad passenger depot that was also used by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot and also has been known as just Rock Island Depot. The depot opened in 1899 and would become a daily stop for the Rocky Mountain Rocket, Midwest Hiawatha, the Arrow, and Corn Belt Rocket before the end of passenger service in 1971. Similar Rock Island passenger depots were also constructed in Iowa City, Iowa and Ottawa, Illinois.
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  • Some folks have been way too hard on this attraction. They are doing the best they can with the resources they have. Despite some condition issues, the staff is kind, they are doing their best and...  more »
  • An old Rock Island Depot with lots of railroad equipment. There some great locomotives and railroad cars displayed outside which you can go in.  more »

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