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Sioux City, Iowa, USA - Samaritan Hospital

The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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Samaritan Hospital
Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Samaritan Hospital
Union Depot, 3rd and Douglas, Sioux City, Iowa
Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Union Depot, 3rd and Douglas, Sioux City, Iowa
Martin Hotel
Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Martin Hotel

"The Martin Hotel, erected as a Chicago style building in 1912, is located in Sioux City, Iowa...

Because of people's excitement over the upcoming Interstate Fair, the Martin Hotel was constructed at the intersection of the Fourth Street Historic District and Pierce Street, in the city's downtown area. Features of the hotel included a ballroom, restaurant, cafeteria, and cigar stand..." wikipedia

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1888 - Brewere Arsendorf, who was twice tried at Sioux City, Ia., for the Haddock murder, spent a fortune. His defense cost him over $175,000 and he is now reduced to traveling for a Milwaukee concern.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 28, 1888
1895 - Sioux City
Sioux City, the second city of Iowa in population and the capital of Woodbury co., is situated on the Missouri River, about 100 miles above Omaha, and 215 miles W.N.W. of Des Moines, the state capital. It is the con verging-point of 9 important railway lines (which have a new $300,000 union depot), and has 45 churches, 17 banks (capital $3,575,000), 4 superior hotels, a handsome Y. M. C. A. building, a fine i. of $130,000, a university, a public library, a city hall costing $125,000, an opera-house ($75,000), and in course of construction a United States government building to cost $250,000. Its industrial establishments embrace 5 extensive packing-houses, and manufactories of cigars, sash, doors, flour, trunks, clothing, lumber, brooms, tents and awnings, carriages and wagons, cornices, soaps, spices, bricks and tile, refrigerators, &c., in which are employed 3000 hands and a capital of $6,000,000. The streets are lighted by gas and electricity, and traversed by electric and cable... Read MORE...

1902 - Much Damage Done
Sioux City, Ia., July 10. - Damage to the extent of many thousands of dollars has been done in the bottomlands southeast of Sioux City by floods. Rain has ceased falling and the worst is believed to be over. Railroads have suffered severely from washouts, and their loss will be very heavy. Farmers, however, are the greatest sufferers. Small streams, usually a few yards wide, are swollen rivers miles in width. Reports from towns near by tell of heavy loss. Oto, Hornic, Luton and Mapleton are flooded and surrounded by vast expanses of water.
Coshocton Daily Age
Coshocton, Ohio
July 10, 1902
Sioux City, a city, capital of Woodbury co., Iowa, is situated on the Missouri River, about 100 miles above Omaha and 157 miles (direct) NW. of Des Moines, on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, the Great Northern, and other railroads. It has a number of notable public buildings and is the seat of Morningside College and the Sioux City College of Medicine. Its industrial establishments embrace extensive packing-houses, foundries and machine-shops, railway repair-shops, boiler and sheet-iron works, a brewery, and manufactories of harness and saddlery, bricks, pumps, extracts, etc. Pop. in 1890, 37,806; in 1900, 33,111.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1912 - Fire Destroys Lindholm Store.
Sioux City, Iowa - Like so much tinder, the stock ad building occupied by the Lindholm Furniture company at the southwest corner of Fifth ad Douglas streets was totally destroyed by fire Tuesday evening. Only the heroic and efficient work of the fire department saved the other buildings in the quarter block - The Journal office and the building occupied by the W. C. Davenport company, cleaners and renovators of clothes - and the Lerch block across the alley to the west of the doomed structure. The Lindholm block, a four-story structure and filled from top to bottom with inflammable merchandise, proved an easy prey to the flames. The west and south walls and a part of the east walls are all that remained of the greatest retail and wholesale furniture store in the city at eight o'clock - two hours after the first alarm was sounded. The firm's estimated loss is $80,000, which is covered by 64,000 insurance. The building was valued at $45,000, and insured for $36,500. there is $3,000 rent ... Read MORE...

SIOUX CITY, Ia., Oct. 28. - Charles Kemp, a street car conductor, was killed and 15 passengers injured tonight at Fourth and Division streets when a Burlington engine struck the car in the center. It turned over on its side and Kemp, who was standing on the rear platform, was caught and his neck broken.

R. W. Henderson, a Morningside college student, was seriously injured, a deep cut being inflicted in his side. The others received minor wounds.
The Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
October 29, 1912

Sioux City, Ia., March 26. - Two firemen were killed and three injured and between $300,000 and $400,000 damage done in a fire which swept the quarter block at the southeast corner of Fourth and Nebraska streets, the heart of the business district, early this morning.

The dead are:
FRANK FULTON, pipeman of hose company No. 1.
SEELEY LAWTON, driver for fire chief KELLOGG.

The injured firemen are:
ED ROTH, captain hose company No. 3.
KENNETH B. GANTT, pipeman, hose company No. 3.
WILLIAM DOYLE, pipeman, hose company No. 2.
The men were not seriously hurt.

Wall Falls On Firemen.
The blaze broke out in a five-story building occupied by the Anderson Furniture company. The firemen were fighting the flames from Fourth street when the wall fell and two of them were caught under it and killed. It was nearly two hours before the men were missed by their comrades.

The flames rapidly swept through the ...

Sioux City, Sept. 14. - An arson gang seeking revenge for some unknown reason is suspected of having set fire to the residence of the late Congressman J. B. Latta at 3 a. m. today causing the death of Elmer Moore, 17, protege of Latta. When the firemen dragged Moore out it was found that oil had been sprinkled both in the house and barn which also burned. In the last few years Latta ranch buildings were destroyed by incendiaries at the rate of two a year. In the absence of the family Moore and Paul Lydick, a school mate, were caring for the house. Lydick escaped by jumping from a window. The firemen found Moore crouching between bedstead and wall. The died three hours later.
Iowa City Daily Citizen
Iowa City, Iowa
September 14, 1916
1944 - June 16 - A tornado in Sioux City, IA, traveled an odd course. It spun in one place for about twenty minutes, made a U-turn, traveled southeast for about three miles, then traveled south, east, north, and finally east again.

The Weather Channel
June 16, 1944
1953 - March 28 - KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Sioux City:
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center:

Explore the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Check out the exhibits and artifacts related to the famous journey.

Stone State Park:

Enjoy hiking and nature trails in this scenic park.
Take in the breathtaking views of the Loess Hills.

Sioux City Art Center:

Immerse yourself in local and contemporary art.
The center often hosts exhibitions and events.

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center:

Ideal for nature enthusiasts.
Features educational programs and beautiful trails.

LaunchPAD Children's Museum:

Perfect for families with kids.
Interactive exhibits and educational play areas.

Sioux City Public Museum:

Learn about the history of Sioux City.
Check out the displays on Native American culture and pioneer life.

Trinity Heights:

Visit the beautiful gardens and sculptures.
Home to the stunning "Statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

Tyson Events Center:

Catch a concert, sports event, or other live...

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