"Council Bluffs Agency Ferry," Frontier Guardian, 16 Dec. 1852, 3.
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Council Bluffs is the natural crossing of the Missouri River, on the route destined by nature for the great thoroughfare to the Pacific. This was the road selected by nature's civil engineers, the Buffalo and the Elk, for their Western travel. The Indians followed them in the same trail; then the traders; next the settlers came. The estimation in which this route is held may well be judged by any one who will take the trouble to look over the volume of recommendations from emigrants, traders, Indian agents, and others, in the Office of the Council Bluffs Land and Ferry Company.--[Horn's Guide. [d no. 1]
THIS long established Ferry, at the great natural crossing on the Missouri River, has secured the confidence of the traveling public, as the recommendations of over five thousand emigrants will show. The north side of the Platte River is now acknowledged by all to be the best route across the Plains to the Pacific--better water, more timber and much earlier and better grass than any other romte [route].
Emigrants can be supplied on as reasonable torms [terms] at Council Bluffs and Kanesville, as any other towns on the Missouri River,
Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dec., 1852.