A newly restored 1930 silent film offers a unique glimpse into the historic past of Council Bluffs.
“Man Power,” resurrected from the archives of the Counci Bluffs Public Library, was restored with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation.
The movie was created as a booster film for the City of Council Bluffs. It was intended to get the attention of business people and spur investment in the city. It also summarizes the city's history.
Familiar landmarks that show up in the film include Bayliss Park, Dodge House, the Hotel Chieftain, Haymarket Square and more. Griffin Wheel Works, the Pennsylvania Consumers Oil building, Washington Public School and past bridges across the Missouri River also appear.
The film is available on DVD at the Council Bluffs Public Library and online, in three sections totaling about 35 minutes, at youtube.com/user/CBPublicLibrary.