Welcome Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Thirty years ago, a one-time Missouri River tow boat became one of Iowa’s most unique welcome centers. The Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center will host two events in conjunction with its May 15, 1989 opening day.
An open house will be held on Wednesday, May 15 with cake and refreshments from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 18 at noon, Tom Munson, Sioux City Public Museum Archives Manager, will present, “The History of the M.V. Sergeant Floyd.”
The M.V. Sgt. Floyd was built in 1932 to perform light towing, survey and inspection work along the Missouri River. After the boat was decommissioned, city leaders brought it to Sioux City. In 1989, the now permanently dry-docked vessel opened as a combined state tourist welcome center and river museum on the banks of the Missouri River. For 30 years, volunteers and staff have helped people from around the world discover Sioux City's unique history and area attractions. The history of the Missouri River is chronicled through displays and dioramas primarily on the second deck of the boat.
The Floyd has served as an Iowa Welcome Center since its inception, providing maps and travel information to thousands of visitors from around the globe. Most have never been to Sioux City before, giving the staff and volunteers the opportunity to share the city’s rich history and show their tri-state hospitality.
The Welcome Center served 20,434 visitors from every state and Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, China and Spain in Fiscal Year 2018. Among the visitors were 57 school tours and 22 bus tours. The grounds of the Welcome Center host two annual events: the Bill Diamond Antique and Classic Car Show in July and the Sergeant Floyd Memorial Encampment in August.
The Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center is located on the riverfront at 1000 Larsen Park Road, Exit 149, Sioux City. It is a site of the Sioux City Public Museum. For more information, contact the Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center at (712)279-0198 or visit siouxcitymuseum.org.