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Located on the east bank of River Missouri in State Iowa Council Bluffs is a county seat of Pottawattamie County. The city earns its popularity for gambling activities. From the mid 1980s, this activity took momentum ranking Council Bluffs the 19th casino market in the United States today.

1. See an old unique shaped jail: Visit one of the three remaining rotary jails that were used from 1885 to 1969. These are pie shaped cells built on a rotary platform and the jailor turned a crank to line up a cell with the door.

2. Try and spot a black squirrel: Look for a black, furry squirrel jumping frivolously from tree to tree and looking at you with dark sparkling eyes when you are in Council Bluffs. It is an opportunity, as the black squirrel is the Mascot of Council Bluffs. As per the official sources, no other city of United States is inhabited with black squirrels.

3. View an unusual monument: The 56 feet tall gold painted concrete spike was erected in 1939 at 0.0 mile (approx) location of First Transcontinental Railroad; it is a landmark worth seeing.

4. Have an exotic aquatic experience: Once in Council Bluffs, one must treat themselves to an exotic aquatic experience. Katelman Water Park and Pirate Cove Water Park are two outstanding aquatic centers for exciting day and night time swimming activities, family recreation and movie shows. 

5. Spend time in a park: For exciting boating, camping, hiking and fishing activities, one must visit Lake Manwa State park. Comprising over 1500 acres, the place encompasses a scenic 772-acre lake. The park is a true depiction of the name “Manwa” which means peace and comfort in the Native American language.  

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