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Museum Fall Walking Tours

Post Date:09/06/2019 9:43 AM
The eastern part of downtown Sioux City will be highlighted in two free walking tours presented by the Sioux City Public Museum. The 75-minute walking tours will incorporate historic images that illustrate the changes that have been made to the area over time. Participants should meet at the park at 4th and Virginia Streets at 5:30 p.m. for both tours.

The Virginia & Court Streets Walking Tour will feature a look back at the diverse industries as well as recent redevelopment of the area on Tuesday, September 10.  Tom Munson, Archives Manager, will trace the history of these buildings, businesses, and factories along with current revitalization efforts such as Virginia Square. In the 1870s, railyards developed in the district. At the same time, fledgling businesses like Sioux City Gas & Electric Co. and the Peavey Grain Co. were locating there. Later, in the early 20th century, the Sioux City Linseed Oil Works and Hanford Produce were the largest entities of their kind in the world. There was a lumberyard, furniture manufacturer, plow factory, and much more. 

The Historic 4th Street Walking Tour will cover the two city blocks between Virginia and Iowa Streets on Tuesday, September 24. Haley Aguirre, Archival Records Clerk, will explore what makes the street the best concentration of late 19th century commercial buildings in Sioux City. A prominent part of downtown’s cultural and entertainment district, Historic or “Lower” Fourth Street contains 15 structures dating from 1889 to 1915. The dramatic growth Sioux City experienced during these “boom years” is evident in the most extensive concentration of late 19th century Richardsonian Romanesque buildings in Iowa. Popular in the late 1890s, Richardsonian Romanesque is characterized by heavy, rough-cut stone walls, round arches, squat columns, and deeply recessed windows. After years of neglect, these two city blocks were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Since then, the majority of the buildings in the area have undergone extensive renovation. 

For more information, contact the Sioux City Public Museum at (712) 279-6174 or visit  
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