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History of U.S. Highway 20 Highlighted

Post Date:09/11/2019 11:41 AM
Explore the history of one of the oldest paved roads in Iowa at History at High Noon: Highway 20 on Thursday, September 19 at 12:05 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Museum. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches to the free presentation.

Matt Anderson, Curator of History, will trace the development of U.S. Highway 20 in and around Sioux City from the early-1920s through the late-1970s. U.S. Highway 20 was one of the first federal aid transcontinental highways created by the Federal Highway Act of 1921. Construction of what would become U.S. 20 between Sioux City and Moville began as a purely local project funded by Sioux City and Woodbury County taxpayers. Grading and paving work on that section was completed in November 1921. Five years later the highway running east from Sioux City through Moville and eventually all the way to Dubuque was designated as a section of U.S. 20. With photographs and maps, the program will analyze the various alignments of U.S. 20 through Sioux City, businesses located along the route and the numerous improvements made to the road over its nearly 100-year history.

The Sioux City Public Museum is located at 607 4th Street in downtown Sioux City.  For more information, call 712-279-6174 or visit 

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