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Exploring Sioux City’s history and culture

Sioux City, Iowa (KMTV) – Jane Autry, Bing Crosby, and Willie Nelson sang with red hair and big blue eyes. They dreamed of courting the Sioux City Sue. While their infatuation may have been a song, Sioux City actually offers a full weekend of things to do and places to see. Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend stay, Sioux City, located 90 minutes north of Omaha on Highway 29, offers a look at history and culture, from its role during the Lewis and Clark Expedition to being home to one of the country’s best popcorn companies. manufacturer.

Lewis and Clark

As you approach Sioux from the south, the first thing you’ll notice is the tall structure on a cliff, not far from the Missouri River. Sgt. The Floyd Memorial, a 100-foot-high obelisk reminiscent of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., honors the only person who died during the Corps of Discovery’s two-year expedition — known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is possible that Floyd suffered a ruptured appendix, although the technology to diagnose him did not exist in 1804. The 23-acre park represents Floyd’s grave.

A few miles north of the Floyd Memorial, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center highlights mission time in the area, with interactive displays. The Legion saw its first bison near Sioux City. From the exhibit in which President Thomas Jefferson decided to approve the expedition to Floyd’s funeral, the Interpretive Center provides an informative and intriguing look at the mission. The center also houses Native American exhibits, including weapons, tools, and toys.

Military exhibit at the Central American Museum of Aviation and Transportation

Central American Museum of Aviation and Transportation

Located near Sioux City Airport, known by the three-letter code SUX, the story of United Flight 232 docks the MidAmerica Museum of Aviation and Transportation. In 1989, the plane crashed while landing at the airport, losing its wing while flipping on the runway. Captain Al Hines and his team are credited with saving more lives than lost (185 of the 296 passengers and crew). The gallery respectfully tracks the day’s events, including the costume show for the crew, photos, and first responder gear.

The museum also houses classic aircraft and cars, such as World War I planes and a replica Ghostbusters vehicle. Military exhibits include jeeps, field ambulances, uniforms and a display of barracks, with a tightly crafted soldier’s bed. Veterans may remember the itch those military blankets brought back in the day.

Outside the museum, visitors can check out a former FedEx cargo plane.

Sioux City Railroad Museum Workshop

Sioux City Railroad Museum

The Sioux City Railroad Museum, once one of the largest repair workshops for the Milwaukee Railroad, celebrates the city’s railroad history. With old locomotives, railcars, and the boat in the repair shop, you can walk around the building to catch a glimpse of the work done in the shop. You’ll find engineers’ uniforms and other train memorabilia throughout the museum, including the engine running in the train yard. There are several railcar exhibits on the grounds, so some of your visit will include being outdoors. One of the buildings houses a large train display which can be enchanting for train lovers.

Jolly Time Popcorn Museum Exhibition

Jolly Time Popcorn Museum

It’s the only popcorn that spells two words, and it’s a great marketing decision in its early days. One of the best brands in the country, Jolly Time Pop Corn has been for over a century called Sioux City home. Showcasing a small museum inside the Koated Kernels popcorn shop, you can relive the story of the delicious treat with posters featuring 1950s actors Ozzie and Harriett Nelson, the founder’s desk, old popcorn machines and packaging. You’re going to have a hard time leaving without a batch of Koated Kernels’ delicious treats.

Sioux City Center for the Arts

Featuring contemporary art from some of the best artists in the Midwest, the Sioux City Center for the Arts houses the work of Thomas Hart Benton, considered one of the best regional artists of his day, along with American Gothic painter Grant Wood. With over 1,000 objects, the art center also hosts special exhibitions, such as photography and abstract art.

With 14 sculptures (seven permanent), Sculpt Siouxland features unique contemporary art pieces along its downtown sculpture path. With 12 sculptures available across seven buildings, and two more near City Hall, the sculpture’s path may be short, but it’s packed with exquisite pieces, each made by Midwestern artists.

Riverfront Trail

Enjoy the view of the Missouri River as you walk along the 10-mile Riverfront Trail that takes you from the north side of Sioux into downtown or even further south along the river. You’ll pass the moored riverboat visitor center, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, as well as a variety of sculptures, antiquities, and an outdoor amphitheater. At night, the Siouxland Veterans Bridge, which connects the town to southern Sioux across the Missouri River, lights up in beautiful colours.

Native American toys and games in Lewis and Clark

Sioux City State Museum

Fossils of sea creatures like Plesiosaurus, a reptile that can grow taller than 60 feet, as well as a children’s “fossil” fossil site, were part of a show exploring early life in Siouxland in Sioux. City Public Museum. The museum, with free admission, explores the story of the area during contemporary days, including the city’s meat-storage barns and meatpacking factories.

An exhibit that explores the early days of the area’s Native American tribes, such as the Omaha, Winnebago, Ponca and Sante states. Clothing, housing, tools, weapons, and other artifacts are on display to help visitors better understand the history of the area’s indigenous people.

The early pioneers and farmers are unforgettable, as an exhibit in the log cabin looks at the life of settlers in the prairie. From French fur traders to European Americans, the Sioux City area has seen its share of Western history.

The most popular exhibits may focus on the city’s agricultural background, including its barns and meatpacking houses. Dating back to 1884, Sioux City Stockyards were among the busiest in the United States, with barns stocked with cattle and pigs on a daily basis. Cattle pens helped support the area’s economic development, with banks opening, as well as factories, meatpacking, and stores.

Hiking Trail at Dorothy Pequot Nature Center

Dorothy Pequot Nature Center

With 1,000 acres of woodland, and plenty of trails to run through, the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is an excellent place for outdoor fun in the Loess Hills. From spring through fall, you’ll find pollinators running aggressively among the wildflowers, plants, and flowerbeds in the center. Inside, check out the fish and reptile exhibits, as well as other displays. The nature center also features an outdoor bird watching area and an amphitheater.

War Eagle Monument

War Eagle Monument

Known to non-Native Americans as the Chief War Eagle, the man buried on top of a cliff overlooking two rivers is known as Waŋbdí Okíčhize (actually translated to Little Eagle) among the Dakota Nation (Santee Sioux). A memorial to honor him is located near his burial site, which observes the confluence of the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers near the city of Sioux. The Waŋbdí Okíčhize statue holding a ceremonial pipe is located near the president’s actual burial site.

Statue of Jesus in Trinity Heights

Trinity Heights

Located on the campus of a former college, Trinity Heights attracts visitors for both spiritual and artistic reasons. The 14-acre Botanical and Sculpture Garden was designed as a tribute to Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary, and includes 30-foot stainless steel sculptures of both figures. In the middle, you’ll find smaller statues of saints, such as Mother Teresa, Peter, and Paul, as well as one of Moses. A walk in the park takes you through the Stations of the Cross. Inside a chapel, a life-size statue of da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is carved out of wood and shows the artist’s family and friends as Jesus and the disciples.

View Palmer Candy Store

Palmer’s Candy Old Team Candy Shop

Known for its classic Bing candy bar that has cherry nougat in the center of chocolate and walnuts, Palmer Candy has been producing sweets for nearly 150 years. When it first opened, Palmer sold fruit, switched to hard candy in 1900, and has been a candy stronghold ever since. Besides Bing, Palmer Candy produces chocolate combinations of peanuts, peanut brittle, caramel popcorn, and chocolate-covered pretzels. Candy and a variety of other products can be found in the downtown store, along with a small exhibit showcasing the company’s history through vintage equipment and other antiques.

Replica of the Vietnam Wall in Siouxland Freedom Park

Siouxland Freedom Park

Cross the Missouri River to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Siouxland. A half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the men and women who gave their lives during the nation’s second longest war. The memorial is anchored by the 55-acre Siouxland Freedom Park, which includes walking trails, a dog park, and a large flag that hovers 150 feet above the ground. The park plans to add statues that recognize the nation’s military branches.

Guitar exhibition at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Hard rock hotel and casino

You don’t have to be a player to enjoy visiting Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Featuring exhibits highlighting famous musicians, such as Prince, The Beatles, Styxx, Ozzy Osbourne and Fleetwood Mac, as well as local music star Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple, the casino is a rock ‘n’ roll museum. The casino also features great restaurants, including Main + Abbey with its unique American food.

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