- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Fire department officials in Council Bluffs say a $2,000 donation will help them plan for the restoration of an old bell that once tolled for fire calls.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (https://bit.ly/1M8qAwU ) the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation made the donation to aid planning for the bell, which will be placed at the city’s headquarters station.

The bell, which was forged in St. Louis in 1876, was rung when fire calls came in. It also tolled for firefighter funerals.

The bell was moved to many stations over the years but has been in storage for a few years.

Fire officials want to restore the bell and place it in a tower. Project estimates range from $80,000 to $120,000.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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