A city doesn’t have to be a sprawling metropolis to be rich in history. Such is the case for Sioux City, Iowa, This city, the fourth largest in the Hawkeye State, is one of the major historical centers for the Great Plains region of the country and is still a relevant cultural epicenter to this day.
As the name suggests, Sioux City lies in the heart of an area that once belonged to the Great Sioux Nation of American Indians. As the new American nation expanded after the Revolutionary War, the famous explorers Merriweather Lewis and William Clark visited the area. In fact, the spot where Sioux City now stands is the final resting place for Charles Floyd, the only member of Lewis and Clark’s expedition to pass away during the journey.
The official founding of Sioux City itself came in the 1800s. As more and more Americans moved to the Hawkeye State, Sioux City itself continued to grow. During the late 1800s and 1900s, the establishment of railways fostered a population boom. Today, Sioux City continues to draw in more residents and visitors.
Those who call Sioux City home or come visit have plenty to do and see here. You can learn more about the Lewis and Clark expedition and Charles Floyd at the Sergeant Floyd Monument, a national historic landmark. The Sioux City Public Museum is another great spot to learn more about the area’s rich history and culture.
If you want to get in touch with nature, Sioux City has plenty of opportunities. Stone State Park, one of the most popular state parks in Iowa, is located in the northwest corner of the city.
There are plenty of activities and exciting places in downtown Sioux City, as well. This includes a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which regularly hosts concerts from some of the biggest names in rock ’n’ roll.
Here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, we are proud to serve a community with such a rich history, and to be a part of one of Iowa’s greatest cultural centers. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, be sure to pay us a visit!