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Friday, August 12, 1859.+-

Council Bluffs, IA.

Lincoln and Hatch reach Council Bluffs and stop at Pacific House. They go sightseeing with N. S. Bates and W. H. M. Pusey, formerly of Springfield. At Cemetery Hill north of town they view countryside north, south, and west. Lincoln, learning that Grenville M. Dodge, railway construction engineer, is registered at Pacific House, chats with him for two hours on hotel porch about western railroads. Lincoln accepts invitation to speak on "the great political issues of the day" following evening. Chicago Tribune, 20 August 1859; Annals of Iowa, IV, 460-62; Union Pacific Railroad Company, History of the Union Pacific Railroad, Issued by the Union Pacific Railroad on the Occasion of the Celebration at Ogden, Utah, May 10, 1919, in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Driving of the Golden Spike (New York: n.p., 1919), 22.