Council Bluffs Public Library
Carnegie Grant Information
Town & County
Twelfth Census of the United States — 1900. p. 449.
Council Bluffs is the county seat of Pottawattamie County, which was established on February 24, 1847. Pottawattamie County, named for the Native American tribe that occupied the land, is the second largest county in Iowa (after Kossuth County). In 1851, the county seat was established at Kanesville. In 1853, the name was changed from Kanesville to Council Bluffs.
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 272.)