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However, the area near Mt. Pisgah was never in Pottawattamie County. Iowa's legislature gave the eastern half of today's Union County to Clarke Countyin 1846, then shrank both Clarke and neighboring Lucas County in 1847, before either county became functional. As a result, the Mt. Pisgah community and cemetery were in a non-county area until Union County was formed in 1951 and organized in 1853.<ref name="IA cf maps 1851">FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1851). Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html</ref>
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However, the area near Mt. Pisgah was never in Pottawattamie County. Iowa's legislature gave the eastern half of today's Union County to Clarke County in 1846, then shrank both Clarke and neighboring Lucas County in 1847 (before either county became functional). As a result, the Mt. Pisgah community and cemetery were in a non-county area until Union County was formed in 1951 and organized in 1853.<ref name="IA cf maps 1851">FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1851). Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html</ref>
  
 
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 United States  > Iowa > Pottawattamie County

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1848--Pottawattamie County was created 21 September 1848 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Founded as Kanesville; renamed Council Bluffs 19 January 1953. [1] [2]

Boundary Changes 1851

Apparently the new county, covering over 5,000 sq. miles, once included nearly all of Iowa's Missouri River drainage between the southern halves of what are now Monona and Crawford Counties and the northern edge of Fremont, Page, Taylor, and Ringgold Counties. The following counties were completely formed from within this expanse: Harrison, Shelby, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, and Adams; most of Audubon, along with portions of Union, Adair, Guthrie, Carroll, Crawford, and Monona Counties were also part of Pottawattamie County until 1851.[3][4]


However, the area near Mt. Pisgah was never in Pottawattamie County. Iowa's legislature gave the eastern half of today's Union County to Clarke County in 1846, then shrank both Clarke and neighboring Lucas County in 1847 (before either county became functional). As a result, the Mt. Pisgah community and cemetery were in a non-county area until Union County was formed in 1951 and organized in 1853.[5]

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cass | Harrison | Mills | Montgomery | Shelby | Douglas County, Nebraska | Sarpy County, Nebraska

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Council Bluffs
  • Council Bluffs Dist
  • Council Point
  • Lake
  • Pottawatomie
  • Shirtses
  • Union

Court

Land

Local Histories 

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records 

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society files: "Important Dates in Council Bluffs History" (transcribed by Rootsweb). Online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/CBimportantdates.html
  3. FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1848). Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html
  4. Geology.com: "Iowa State Map Collection" (includes rivers map with current county lines overlaid). Online at http://geology.com/state-map/iowa.shtml
  5. FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1851). Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html