Grenville M. Dodge House
Perhaps one of Council Bluffs' most famous residents, General Grenville M. Dodge has been called "the greatest railroad builder of all time." A Civil War officer, Dodge's involvement in political, financial and military affairs made him an associate of many of the most influential Americans of his time and counsel to presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. The Grenville M. Dodge House was his home. It is now open to the public as a museum.
Backstory and Context
During his lifetime, he engaged in the mercantile business, organized a bank, surveyed the Missouri River Valley to the West for the Transcontinental Railroad, served a term in the U.S. Congress, and served with distinction in the Civil War, attaining the rank of Major General. Although, Grenville Dodge achieved fame, fortune and historic importance by being a renowned railroad builder, it is said that he was the youngest General in the US Army until WWII.