This lithograph provided a perspective map of the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1868. The view of the city is from the southwest, looking to the northeast. The map included the physical features of the area as well as the built city.
- How did geographic features influence the settlement and growth of Council Bluffs by 1868? Consider location as well as the pattern of development. Use details from the lithograph to support your answer.
- How does the perspective of the lithograph shape the story of Council Bluffs' development? Consider if the perspective had been from the northeast looking southwest. Would the story of Council Bluffs' development been different? Use details from the lithograph to support your answer.
Ruger, A., "Bird's eye view of the city of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa," 1868. Courtesy of Library of Congress