Local Impact of the Automobile Featured PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014 13:34

Matt Anderson, Exhibits Preparator


For Immediate Release

March 7, 2014

(Sioux City) – The profound impact the automobile had on the development of Sioux City is featured in the free program, History at High Noon: How the Automobile Shaped Sioux City on Thursday, March 20 at 12:05 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Museum. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

Presenter Matt Anderson, exhibits preparator, will draw on the Museum’s extensive photographic collection to revisit the role of the automobile during the 20th century. What began as a curiosity during the late-1890s and early-1900s, had become a staple of everyday life by 1920. Auto-related businesses quickly grew into an important sector of the local economy, while trucking revolutionized transportation options for established businesses and the Sioux City Stockyards. Perhaps most importantly, the physical makeup of Sioux City was permanently altered by the automobile. Hard-surfaced streets and roads became the norm, bigger and stronger bridges spanned local waterways and the suburbs flourished at the expense of the less automobile-friendly downtown.

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

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