This weekend, historian and author Mary Lou McGinn will tell the story of the Mosquito Creek mill and the tale of Billy Caldwell and how he helped to shape today’s Council Bluffs.
One-hundred-eighty years ago, a man named Billy Caldwell, also known as Chief Sauganash, led a group of Patawatomi Native Americans to what we now know as Iowa, according to a release. They built Iowa’s first saw and grist mill. There are still traces of where it once stood, said the release.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Council Bluffs Public Library, located at 400 Willow Ave., in meeting room B on the main floor.