Introduction to Sioux City, Iowa
Sioux City is situated in Northwest Iowa in Woodbury County. It's located along the Missouri River. Portions of the city are situated among the distinctive Loess Hills formations. Sioux City offers a wide array of entertainment and activities.
Spanish and French fur trappers arrived during the 18th century. Sioux City was established in 1854. In 1856 the first steamboat made its way to the town, bringing ready-framed houses and supplies. The arrival of the railroad in 1868 attracted several small factories to Sioux City. The construction of a large meat packing facility led to a thriving livestock industry.
Sioux City evolved from a small settlement into a flourishing urban area. In 1892 a devastating flood was caused by the Floyd River. More than three thousand people became homeless. During Word War II the United States Army established the prominent Sioux City Army Air Base.
- The Sergeant Floyd Monument was created in tribute to the sergeant who died during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
- War Eagle Park features a notable sculpture of the Yankton Sioux Indian Chief Wambdi Okicize. The park overlooks the convergence of the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers.
- Riverside Park includes the Sioux City Boat Club and the Sioux City Community Theater.
- Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum.
- Southern Hills Mall is popular with shoppers.
- Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
- Sioux City Public Museum showcases Indian, pioneer, Sioux City history as well as natural history exhibits.
- The Sioux City Arts Center.
- South Bottoms Memorial.
- Woodbury County Courthouse.
- Historic Fourth Street features antique and unique shops, pubs and numerous restaurants.
- Pierce Mansion.
- Prospect Hill.
- Mid-America Air Museum.
- Lakeport Commons is a popular shopping area.
- Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena features sporting events, concerts and a variety of events.
- Orpheum Theatre offers well known performers and Broadway shows.
- Art Splash is a very popular event.
- Lamb Productions Theatre.
- Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
- Sioux City Community Theatre.
- Shakespeare in the Park.
- Sioux City Musketeers Hockey team plays in the United States Hockey League.
- Sioux City Bandits football team plays in the National Indoor Football League.
- Municipal Banshell in Grandview Park, during the summer provides residents and visitors entertaining municipal band concerts.
- Atokad Horse Racing.
- Argosy Casino.
- River-Cade Festival.
Stone State Park is popular for picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is located in Stone State Park and features a notable butterfly garden, wild turkeys as well as white-tail deer. The Sioux City area is known for its opportunities for hunting pheasant, wild turkey, deer, quail, duck and geese.
The nearby lakes and rivers are popular fishing locations for catfish, largemouth bass, carp, walleye, bluegill, bullheads and northern pike. The large rose garden located near the Municipal Bandshell in Grandview Park is popular for a variety of events. Bacon Creek Park provides opportunities for fishing and canoeing.
Chris Larsen Park, also known as the Riverfront, serves as the launching center for the riverboat casino. The city is home to a large number of golf courses and extensive recreational trails. Ice skating is popular at the IBP Ice Center. Residents enjoy activities at the numerous parks including Indian Hills, Cecilia, Chuataugua and Willie Joe parks.
Morningside College, St. Luke's College, Briar Cliff University and Western Iowa Tech Community College are located in Sioux City.