Welcome to the Gibraltar Neighborhood Association website. We are so proud of our historic neighborhood, and our residents work hard to make it a great place to live! In fact, in 2016, we were awarded SECOND PLACE in the Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) National Competition under the "Social Revitalization" category, beating other neighborhoods from around the country! (Learn more about NUSA at www.nusa.org). Watch the conference presentation about our 2015 accomplishments by clicking on the video below.
The Gibraltar Neighborhood Association (GNA) encompasses a large number of homes and businesses in an area east of the Council Bluffs public library. Our approximate boundaries are from the top of 5th Avenue on the east, 4th Street on the west, and from 9th Avenue on the south edge all the way north to St. Peter's church! (To see an actual map of the GNA boundaries and other Neighborhoods, click this cool interactive tool provided by the 712 Initiative!).
Our neighborhood also includes the Willow/Bluff/Third Street Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places. For a comprehensive description of the many historic homes in the district, click here.
So, how did we get our name? One of the most striking formations of the Loess Hills once stood at the southeast corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street. Standing at least 250 feet high, this large dirt formation was known as Gibraltar. According to Silent Hills Speak, History of Council Bluffs (by William E. Ramsey and Betty Dineed Shrier), "The tower cliffs of Gibraltar (likely named for the global landmark at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea) were an area fixture in the neighborhood for as long as early residents can remember." Our Association logo is derived from early photos like the one below-right.
Photos of the Gibraltar Neighborhood
Gibraltar Resident Buck Christensen is an AWESEOME photographer! Check out some of his amazing snaps below, then visit his website for other cool pics: buckchristensenphoto.com.
Quarter Auction FUNDRAISING Event!! Don’t Miss the Fun-Filled, Action-Packed Evening
at GNA’s QUARTER AUCTION!!
WHAT: Annual FUNdraising Event: Quarter Auction
WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2023, 4:30—7:30 p.m. (bidding starts at 5:30ish)
WHERE: 4th Street Bar & Grill 716 So. 4th Street (American Legion)
WHO: YOU, and anyone else you know who likes to have fun!
Bring the family & friends and join the fun at our annual GNA Quarter Auction!! This is the 7th year we’ve held this event, and it just keeps getting better! There will be a wide variety of items for auction, with values of $10 to $30 (or more!!), and you could win that item you desire for mere quarters! You’ll find a variety of services & packages, food & beverage gifts, bath & beauty products, antiques, collectibles, homemade products, and so much more! There’s almost always something for everyone! What’s a “Quarter Auction” you ask? It sort of combines the best of two worlds… the fun and excitement of an auction, with the random chance of a lottery drawing! You have the opportunity to win great prizes without spending a lot of money! FOOD & BEVERAGES will be for sale, and your support of the venue supports the American Legion!
STAY IN TOUCH / KEEP INFORMED!
We promote events, share notifications, post pictures and MORE using our online channels (website + facebook + NextDoor.com), and also via email notices. Click here to learn more about the ways to keep in touch!
Attend a Meeting!
We need your input, suggestions and experience to make our neighborhood a clean, safe, wonderful place to live! Our business meetings are held in a variety of locations (people's homes, The Center, The American Legion, The Dodge House, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, etc.). We also have frequent SOCIAL meetings that are held in a variety of places (resident's homes, the park, a local watering hole, etc.), so watch for news on those!