During Railroad Days, botanical meets mechanical at Lauritzen Gardens. Get up close and personal with two of the greatest locomotives to ever power Union Pacific Railroad at Kenefick Park. Stand in awe at Centennial No. 6900, one of the most powerful diesel-electric locomotives ever built, and Big Boy No. 4023, one of the world’s largest steam locomotives. Visit the model railroad garden to discover seven bridge-chugging, tunnel-zooming G-scale train lines winding through replicas of Omaha’s favorite landmarks.
THE DURHAM MUSEUM
801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by Union Pacific Railroad as the showpiece to the city of its headquarters. Considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, and now an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country. The Durham Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Enjoy an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940’s storefronts, HO Model trains, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region and the Byron Reed collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. During your stay be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain! For information about The Durham Museum please visit the museum’s website at www.DurhamMuseum.org.
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM
200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA
Visitors are invited to reflect on the 150thanniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad through the exhibit, “Hidden Histories of the Transcontinental Railroad.”Artifacts on display include official proclamations from the City of Council Bluffs and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognizing the 150thanniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, as well as an expanded display of artifacts celebrating Council Bluffs, Iowa, as Union Pacific’s Mile 0. During Railroad Days, special Chinese Lion Dance performances by the Jing Mo Tong Athletic Association will be presented on the hour from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in addition to cultural exhibitions hosted by the Nebraska Chinese Association.
HISTORIC GENERAL DODGE HOUSE
605 Third Street, Council Bluffs, IA
One of Council Bluffs’ most famous residents, General Grenville M. Dodge has been called “the greatest railroad builder of all time,“ having surveyed over 100,000 miles of line. A Civil War General, 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, with five presidents spending time in his home.
In 1869, Dodge built his handsome Victorian home at the cost of $35,000, a lavish sum for the day. The home was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1961 and opened as a museum in 1964. Our new exhibit will allow visitors a glimpse of how people in Dodge’s day spent their leisure time.
RAILSWEST RAILROAD MUSEUM
1512 South Main Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
The RailsWest Railroad Museum, located in the historic Rock Island Depot, features displays and artifacts from the numerous rail lines that passed through Council Bluffs. Outside in the train yard, visitors are invited to climb aboard the old steam engines. Walk through the Omaha Club car that stopped in Council Bluffs, or imagine themselves riding along behind the train in the 1918 cupola style caboose or in the 1967 bay window style caboose. Visitors can also be a part of the 1st Annual Live Garden Scale Steam Up in the train yard. There is always plenty to see and do while visiting the RailsWest Railroad Museum.