Pioneer Trail Museum

Explore the history of Macedonia, Iowa

Macedonia is a small town located in Pottawattamie County, where Mormons passed through on the Mormon Trail. They crossed the West Nishnabotna River at a limestone rock bottom trail crossing which came to be known as Old Macedonia. Eventually, the town became a principal trading point in eastern Pottawattamie County, and with time, the first steam locomotive arrived in 1880.

The museum features various items and artifacts from the past, such as historical photographs, clothing items, fossils from the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail, and other local memorabilia. The oldest item in the museum is a loom that traveled across the ocean in a sailing ship and then across the plains in a covered wagon! Whether you have a direct tie to Macedonia or not, the museum gives you a glimpse of what life was like in a small western Iowa town throughout the decades.  

The museum is currently open by appointment only. Please call (712) 486-2568 or (712) 486-2580 to schedule your visit. 

This post was originally published on February 1, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.